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Moments of a Writer's Life, #11

The Moment I Realized I Hadn’t Sold My First Book: Sister 2, the editorial director who’d said she was laughing on every page of Waiting for Dead Men’s Shoes and whose sister had said she was sure Sister 2 was going to acquire the book, phoned me up. This time, she wasn’t laughing. Instead, in a very serious voice, she said, “I’m sorry I can’t buy your book.” And that was that. Whether the emotional aftermath of finishing a book or negotiating the world of publishing, the ups and downs of the roller coaster can come at you in frightening succession.