Monday, February 22, 2010

AWOL

Hi there,

You may have noticed (eek) posting has been light lately. There are two key reasons:

1) I am so freakin' busy I don't know where I left my head (I spent EIGHT HOURS yesterday, Sunday, finishing a manuscript).

2) I'm a little out of creative juice for new posts.

But I'm bummed to not be blogging as regularly, since, as you know, I'm an addict. Here's where you come in.

I'm stealing a "page" from the delightful blog of Kiersten White, who opens up the floor to questions periodically. So any question that's been nagging you--what my favorite sushi restaurant is, for example, or where I buy my cupcakes--now's your chance. If you'd like, you can also ask publishing questions, if you're not bored of reading about publishing.

As long as your question isn't mean, X-rated, dangerous, or anything to do with which clubs I belonged to in high school (trust me, you don't want to know; it would only make the world a worse place), I will strive to answer them over the course of the next month.

Missing you,

Moonrat

37 comments:

Kiersten White said...

HOW DARE YOU. Because I TOTALLY INVENTED THE QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION. No one EVER thought of it before me!!

Seriously though. If you could only eat one of the three following things for the rest of your life, which would it be?

A) Pastries
B) Sushi
C) Chocolate

Second question: If for some horrible reason you couldn't be an editor, what alternate career would you choose? So basically, in a horrific alternate universe in which Moonrat is not an editor, what is she?

And finally: How bad do you hate hypothetical questions?

catdownunder said...

Miaou! I will come and chase you by moonlight Ms Moonrat. When I catch you we can hold paws and tell each other comforting stories to scare away the ghosts - if you believe in ghosts.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I'd love to hear more about the submission process. Say an agent has just sent you a manuscript. Let's say you love it. Could you walk us through the editorial meetings, etc. that lead to the eventual sale?

Keith Popely said...

Or a variation on Caroline's question: what if you get a book you really don't want to reject, but it just needs more work? Is there some some sort of conditional acceptance? Or is it only reject or accept?

Thanks

P. S.

Got any good flu remedies? Ugh

graywave said...

Here's a question, how come you're so busy? Is it because they sacked all the staff and there's only you left to do anything? Or are you really, really inefficient?

;-)

The Novelist said...

How did you end up doing what you do? Did you always want to be an editorial assistant? Was there something else you wanted to do and you just ended up where you are?

I know that is 3 questions, I am just curious.

Stephanie McGee said...

The question that's been on my mind lately is this:

When a book deal is for multiple books, is the money paid in the deal divided into parts to create an advance for each book? I know that advances are generally divided into parts, with some given at signing and some at publication. I'm just wondering, I guess, if the money in a multi-book deal is divided and divided again per book?

Did that question make any sense?

Also, have you ever gotten food poisoning from sushi?

And, what is the best gift the Rally Monkey ever gave you?

Candyland said...

Following Kiersten here, because I want to be like her when I grow up.

If you had to choose between:
a)being a writer who loses the hand you write with
or
b)being a runner who loses a leg which won you the gold...

which would you choose?

Erin McGuire said...

How often do you get to work with illustrators and designers? Just curious :)

Rebecca Knight said...

Ooh, I love these! We miss you, too, Moonrat :).

If it's not too personal, how did you and the RM meet?

What was your favorite book growing up?

What are character names that you see WAAAAAY too often and are sick of?

MARRY, BOFF, KILL:
Jackie Chan, Tina Fey, Dan Brown. GO!

I hope you have a restful Monday! :)

Kaitlyne said...

Could you settle a bet for me? A friend insists that a moonrat is in fact a small rodent in the Erinaceidae family. I've told him before that it is obviously a lesser known god of the Egyptian underworld. He insists Wikipedia proves him right, but we all know Wikipedia is run by Scientologists in a bid to take over the world and not ancient Egyptians. Which one is it?

~Jamie said...

how about...

sun or snow?

I'm such a sun girl, and all this snow in Texas is just weird...

Merry Monteleone said...

Oh, I'd like an Aunda story. Or your favorite Easter/spring memory, because ya know, I'm soo looking forward to spring it's ridiculous.

May your schedule get lighter and your reading be awesome :-)

Beth said...

What are the weirdest and funniest situations you've encountered while working in publishing?

magolla said...

Why isn't anyone sending you baby animal pics??
I need my fix.
Ah, here's a question.
Do I REALLY want to be published?
Sometimes I wonder. . .

M.B. Sandefur said...

Okay. Well here's a question that's probably played out to the max with you, but I'll ask it anyway because I want to know the answer. What's your favorite genre? Are you a writer? Do you write in your favorite genre? If no, why not? If so, do you find it difficult to be original since it's your favorite genre.

Briony said...

If you could recommend one book to read, what would it be?

Kiersten White said...

Candyland--That's so cute that you think I'm a grownup...

DebraLSchubert said...

I second Caroline's question. Would love to hear your answer to that.

WritingNut said...

Okay - well, the first question I am dying to know is the one you referred to in your post (yes, I am a sushi fanatic too!)

1. What IS your favorite sushi restaurant and why?

2. Is it best to use MS Word count or 'printer's' rule word count when submitting a query?

3. What is your absolute favorite place to escape to when the world starts driving you completely crazy? As in, where do you find your peace of mind? (kind of what I want to do right now because I feel like my brain is about to explode... ahh)

Tawna Fenske said...

I'm at a loss since you ruled out X-rated and dangerous. I'll be eagerly tuning in to see what others come up with though!

Tawna

Ashley A. said...

Moonrat:
Reading these comments was, like, totally awesome.

Do linked short stories still make you really fucking mad?

In contemporary fiction, what might push the limits of acceptability for publishing professionals in this day and age?

Do you ever get pissed that people just don't get it that most things need more butter and more salt?

Is there anything that can't be made even better with salt and butter?

I'm serious. Thank you.

SM Schmidt said...

Which book have you read recently (or all time favorite) that you would fangirl scream if made into a movie?

catdownunder said...

Having read all these...why do you do this? :-)

Claire Dawn said...

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Ulysses said...

What's up with groundhog day? I mean, if a groundhog sees his shadow, we know there's going to be 6 more weeks of winter?

Why don't we just look up at the sky? If it's cloudy, we won't see any shadows either. There's no need to go rousting a rodent out of bed just for a weather report. I know that if Puxatawney Phil were like my dad, waking him up from a nap would be something we'd only ever have the courage to do once... and only if his den were on fire.

So here's my question: Which is better -- spaghetti with meat balls or spaghettini with pesto?

(I'm feeling a little surreal today, so I thought I'd spread it around).

Charles Gramlich said...

Well, you got quite a few questions so I won't add to that at present. But I know what you mean about busy.

Whirlochre said...

What's inside your dream pie?

jjdebenedictis said...

Given a choice between deep-fried, crispy saltiness or creamy, decadent sweetness, which would you eat?

Midori said...

Have you acquired more books with male leads, female leads, or an even number of both? What MCs that are children versus teenagers verses young adults?

Casey Leigh said...

Publishing question:
What does it take to break into publishing? I have at least two years office experience and at least two years reporting experience and yet I get nothing in response to my resume. I've honestly applied to at least 50-75 editorial assistant type positions.

Any advice?

Sarahlynn said...

Given your demanding job and cravings for wonderful foods, how do you attain moderation?

I picture Moonrat curled up reading a book or hunched over a manuscript, constantly sipping hot tea. I don't picture Moonrat running and sweating on a little rodent wheel. Just trying to clarify the picture.

Is Moonrat a gym rat?

Anonymous said...

I would be very interested in knowing where you get your cupcakes (still being relatively new to the city).

I would also be curious to know how lead titles are chosen in a season's releases. I have an internship which involves receiving insane amounts of advance/review copies and I'm always curious about the reasoning for some of them getting labeled lead releases.

_*rachel*_ said...

Missing you too....

My questions...
What's the story behind the Rally Monkey? To borrow a line from Diane Setterfield, you can tell a lot about somebody by the story they tell about their birth.

What's the best non-creepy way to stalk an anonymous blogger? My best idea so far is hanging out in NYC wearing an Evil Editor or Miss Snark t-shirt. Non-creepy, non-threatening, likely ineffective. IS there a non-creepy way?

kimberlyloomis said...

Publishing question: What truly is considered too many words for a debut work in women's fiction and/or literary fiction?

Second: Someone else asked what your favorite book was growing up and I'd love to know the answer to that as well!

Midori said...

How do editors reject manuscripts that come from agents? Do they send a form letter or a detailed response? Or do just they tell the agent no when he/she agent calls to check up about the manuscript?

Jolie said...

I definitely do want to know your favorite sushi restaurant, Moonrat.

For those who are curious about cupcakes, the best I've had in New York (though admittedly, I'm far from done exhausting all possibilities) are the tiny ones at Citarella.