Hello dear readers! Today kicks off the first day of Blogging from A to Z wherein I’ll post every Monday through Saturday with each post revolving around something featuring that day’s letter. Today’s the only Sunday post and that’s just because we needed one more day to make twenty-six.
Unlike some clever souls, I have no theme or roadmap for this journey. I’ve pre-written about a week’s worth and have a few ideas for other days, but that’s it. You’ll get naught but potpourri from me. Fair warning.
Today is “A” and I’ve opted to make an Announcement. I have a massive one I’ve been keeping a secret for awhile to the point to where I’m nearly ready to explode. But now I can tell all. Seems a certain NYC literary agent had been reading my blog posts and short stories with a keen interest in not one but two(!) of my novels I’d excerpted and posted about.
You may have remembered me posting about going to Boston and Canada a short time ago. Little white lies, I’m afraid, to shroud what I’m now about to tell you. I flew to NYC instead and here’s what happened.
At the airport, a man holding a sign bearing my pen name greeted and escorted me to a stretch limo. The thing was stocked to the gills with beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, as well as a huge hors d’oeuvres platter. My greeter and chauffeur (love that word) offered to make me a drink, being not only an accomplished driver but a mixologist in addition to a starving actor. How could I resist? Stone–his awesome name–made me a killer Manhattan, a drink I don’t normally imbibe but it seemed apropos given the surroundings and damn! Stone did what no other bartender had been able to do before—he made it delicious!
We pulled up to a fairly non-assuming building made of brick on the outskirts of Manhattan. There Stone escorted me to the third floor and introduced me to the agent I’d been corresponding with. I recognized her because we’d skyped too, though skyping does not do some people justice.
“Come in, come in!” She motioned me to a small sitting area featuring a comfy loveseat and lounge chair in addition to yet another spread of food.
Color me amazed! She had a series of appointments set up with BIG publishers. Puzzled, I voiced what you dear reader must be thinking by now too. “Why me? You haven’t even read the manuscripts beyond the query, synopsis and excerpts on my blog?”
“It’s our new “Find the Talent” approach rather than waiting for it to come to us via the slush pile. I took the liberty of pitching [[Name of novel I can’t yet reveal]] in the hopes that my strategy would result in an agency contract between us. ”
Wow! I was in such shock, my jaw fell into my lap and small bit of deviled egg followed in its wake. Never had we talked about her shopping my book. I hadn’t even signed her as my agent. A part of me, however, railed at her presumptuousness. I opened my mouth to protest.
“Three publishers who have adopted a similar talent search strategy are interested in reading more. We have only to sign our agency agreement.” My soon-to-be-agent leaned back in her chair, a smug look on her face. “What do you say?”
“I say, ‘Where do I sign?’”
She clapped her hands and buzzed for her assistant to bring in a large stack of papers. My eyes wandered over the legalese, searching for all caps lettering that would identify me as the other contracting party. I saw Agent X of [[redacted]] Literary Agent. My eyes then landed on “Clare Gillespie”.
“Um, you have my name wrong,” I said, lifting my head to meet the beaming smile of the agent.
She dropped the smile and frowned. “No. I don’t think so.” Hovering over my shoulder she pointed to the name and said, “There. That’s you, right?”
Slowly I shook my head. “No. I’m Claire Gillian, not Clare Gillespie.”
At that moment, another lady stepped into the doorway and said, “Uh, [[X]]? I have a Miss Clare Gillespie on the line and she’s saying she just got your email from [[long ago date]] and is calling to set up a skype appointment to meet you per your request.”
The sound of air being forced out of a once taut balloon filled my ears even though none were around.
A is also for … April Fools!
(But I do have a novel, The P.U.R.E., releasing on April 16th so don’t feel too sorry for me.)
See ya tomorrow when we see what’s in store for B! And I promise the rest won’t be nearly as long as this post was. Sorry…
Now, please go visit some other A to Z bloggers and see what they have in store!
You had me open-mouthed – and totally fooled! Great post! And what a dream come true that would be – if it really DID happen!
Ah, Paula! Wouldn’t all of us love for this to happen? Le sigh. One day perhaps…Thanks so much for visiting me.
Neat and clever, I enjoyed your post.
thanks for sharing
Thanks, Martine. I appreciate the visit.
I was ready to congratulate you! Very good and imaginative start! Too bad your “dream” was just a dream.
Yeah, too bad indeed. While that particular dream might not have been real, the inspiration for it is still alive and kicking. Thanks for the visit, Gregg.
What an imaginative start to your A-Z challenge; I loved reading your little story, and couldn’t help but chuckle at the ending! Good luck with the rest of the challenge 🙂
Thanks, Evan! and thanks for visiting me on day 1 of the challenge.
hahahahahaha! *gasp* hahahahahaha! omgosh, Claire! This post was pure wicked genius, hehe! You SO totally had me going! Awesome! I was ready to toss the confetti and pop the cork! Dang, I’m only sorry that it was a prank, I would so totally love to be in on the excitement of that day! 😀
hehehe, good one here! hehehehe 😆
::snicker::: Glad you liked it, Kelly! I do wish parts of it had been true.
Wouldn’t that be awesome! Great joke.
You don’t know how much I wished the first part of the story really were true! LOL Thanks for the visit. 🙂
Wow. You had me going… ohmigawsh!
Congrats on your TRUE success… and congrats on writing so well I believed every bit of your story. Happy April and A – Z. I look forward to knowing you!
Julie Jordan Scott
A is for Adelaide
Thanks, Julie! I’ll be popping by to visit you soon as I get a little more caught up. I appreciate your stopping by and commenting.
Oh.my.gosh! You totally had me going there! Hilarious. Brilliant start! Happy April Fools!
Thanks, Leigh! I appreciate the visit and comment.
Oh my that sure got me! Great to meet you on this A-Z!
Thanks, Nutschell (cute name). Great to meet you too!
Claire (or shall I call you Clare), that was great! You are a very skilled writer as you had me holding on throughout the entire story! Excellent!
You can call me either one. LOL Thank you for the really nice compliment. I appreciate the support and your visit.
Wow, that was pretty damn cool! I really got tricked! Good story, can’t wait to see more!
Victoria from Always a Booklover
Thanks for the visit, Victoria! I’m still trying to make my way through comments and delinquent blog visits from when I was on vacation but I love that so many commenters leave their blog links in their remarks. Thank you!
O crap! you had me fooled 🙂 What a great story !
My A to Z Challenge
LOL, thanks for visiting and commenting, Jackie. Glad you liked my naughty ditty.
Great story, and great April Fools Joke, you had me going!
I’m glad you enjoyed the joke. Thanks for visiting, AimeeKay.
Great post, Claire! LOL. At some point today I knew it was April Fool’s day, but I’d forgotten by the time I read your story! You got me!
Thanks, Lorraine! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much for visiting!
Wow! You got me 🙂 This is my first visit to your blog, and even though I do not know you at all…I was sitting her in wide eyes happiness for you. That little balloon analogy at the end of your post…yep, that pretty much summed up how I was feeling. Great job! *clapping*
Aww, you’re so kind when I was totally pulling your leg the whole time. Don’t I wish it were really true though. Thanks for visiting! 🙂
Clare, that was such a fun post!
The Write Soil
Thanks, Dawn. So happy you could visit me.
Oh, that was funny. I was wondering about the agent sending a limo, that seemed a bit… unusual. Lovely fantasy, anyway.
Well, the limo was a stretch Saturn with rips in the seats, but I kept that part to myself. LOL Thanks for visiting, Ms. Goddess! (love the name).
Well, congrats on a great post anyway! Also for having a novel come out on April 16th! Good for you!
Great joke, too.
Thanks, Ruby! I’m pretty stoked. Glad you enjoyed my joke. 🙂
You are evil. Pure evil! LOL!! You so had me going. I was thinking “how could she keep this news from us for so long?”
You are such a witch…and I love you for it. What a great post.
:::cackles and scratches wart on my crooked nose::::
Thanks for visiting, Jenny! 🙂
You TOTALLY had me. I’m thinking, whoa, what’s going on, why is Claire so special?
Perhaps her mischievous sense of humor. Nice piece.
LOL, thanks, Beverly!
Love the post, Claire. Although I have to admit I wasn’t entirely fooled, it was very imaginative. 😉
Great ‘A’ post!
I’ve reread it finding a million telltale clues that it was total balderdash, and stuff I’d like to tweak to shore up my fib. I guess so many claim they were fooled because everyone wants desperately to believe these types of outrageous dreams could come true, as rare as it might be. I certainly am on. Thanks for visiting, Sari.
Ha! You had me fooled. I gasped. Congratulations on your new book coming out, though! And great start to the Challenge. 🙂
LOL I’m dying because part of me was “yes! I’m so excited!” and the other part was “WTF, C! Why didn’t you tell me?!” 🙂
Hope you’re having a great trip and you release date is an evil reminder that I STILL haven’t dome my taxes yet.
Girl, you know I would have told you! i probably would have told a lot of people. I’m not sure I would have been capable of keeping such a big secret, especially given it **supposedly** happened in bits over a broad span of time.
Ha. Love your A post. I was wondering if anyone did an April Fool. Also love your family photo.
Thanks, Ariel! I appreciate the visit and comment.
Brilliant. I was on tenterhooks for you there. To be honest, i can’t think of a better way to hook me into your novel when it comes out…now that I know you’re an utterly convincing storyteller. Keep me posted, please!
Thank you so much, Jericha!
Ahh! I was about to burst into tears for you, you mean April Fooler! =) Great post. Meanie. New follower from the A to Z challenge.
Oh…LOL…sorry. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and reading and commenting!