I’ve often said that finding an agent and publisher is just like dating. There may be times when you think you’ve found the ideal agent, but after months of waiting for his or her reply (including several follow-up e-mails on your part), you get the idea that the agent just isn’t into you.
Once we went into the submission phase, which means she sent my manuscript to editors at publishing houses, I didn’t know what to expect. Thank goodness Carrie was there to guide me through the process. We met with some rejection, but also encouraging praise for the story, and ended up rewriting the manuscript. When Stephanie Bowen at Sourcebooks sent Carrie an offer letter for GOOD CHINESE WIFE, I knew I’d found the perfect home for my memoir. I think I’m going to frame the letter; it was that amazing.
And while looking for an agent and editor can be likened to dating, I now compare the publishing process to having a baby. I’m about 9 months away from my publication date and have been working not just with my editor but also with the publicity department at Sourcebooks.
I feel like it’s still the early weeks of my pregnancy. In the months to come, I’ll release a new author website that will work well with my book cover. And sometime in the late winter, GOOD CHINESE WIFE will be available for pre-ordering.
Like any new mother, I’m not sure what to expect as my publication date nears. But I know it will be a major life event and one I’ll always remember.