This afternoon I saw a demonstration in Switzerland. Hundreds of people blocking up the streets and waving signs, and one man singing (badly) a rather humorous song, or at least I assume it was humorous based on the giggles of the passers-by. Although Swiss-German always sounds quite amusing to me anyway.
Leaving the demonstrators behind, I wandered onto the main drag of the city, the one where all the fancy watches and the LV handbags go to feel casual. And there was a woman begging for money on the sidewalk.
I was so surprised I almost tripped over her.
It was like someone had sent me a tiny chunk of the outside world right into my Swiss antibacterial bubble.
Speaking of the bubble, it's been a challenge lately. Turns out CoolCo Sub is so very cool that everyone wants a piece of it. And they're suing us to get it. Which is when everyone turns around to me and says "wait a sec, you're a litigator, right?" at which point I somehow become responsible for everyone keeping their jobs. Fantabulous. Especially when my Nemesis sticks his nose in it and starts trashing my work like the angry little man he is. And I've already failed in my mission to save everyone's job since we had to fire someone two weeks ago. I'm not going to go into that any further except to say it was incredibly unpleasant.
It was right in the middle of all this medieval madness that I received the following email from the agent who had asked to see my full manuscript:
Loved the first few chapters, girl. But then, not so much. So I will now crush your hopes and dreams and suggest you go read One Day so you can see what real authors do.
So there it is. I could keep going. I could re-write. Again. I could send out to more agents. And I could keep waiting.
Part of me wants to do that. Part of me wants to wait for the chance to open up a brown cardboard package with the first ever copy of my book, a book I could slide into my bookshelf and smile at my name written on the side.
But the other part won.
And so, following my Facebook friends' advice, I am publishing my novel on Amazon's Kindle. It will be coming out very soon, so watch this space.
In the meantime, maybe I should buy a Kindle?