Saturday, November 6, 2010

Heavenly Saturday by Margot Justes

What a blissful Saturday, I've been up since six, drank a few cups of coffee, and had a delicious slice of Panettone (a big slice of Panettone) and I will spend the rest of the day writing. It doesn't get much better than that. Panettone and coffee are perfect together.

If you don't know what a Panettone is, I'll be happy to tell you. It is a delicious cake, not overly sweet, aromatic filled with raisins and orange peels. The one I just bought at Costco is made by the Bauli family in Verona, Italy. There are many brands readily available in the US.

For me just smelling the Panettone evokes the approaching holiday season, and after all we are a mere three weeks away from Thanksgiving.

All in all, other than my paying job, it was a good week. Thanks to my critique partner June Sproat, I will take my short story and included it in my novella-and voila, my novella will become a novel. It was such an obvious thing to do and I missed it until June said, 'why don't you just include it in the novella?'

And dare I mention it, I received the most wonderful rejection letter ever. I knew Amanda (an editor) didn't handle my genre, but since I pitched it to her at RT, she was gracious enough and asked to see A Hotel in Bath. She warned me it would take a while for her to respond. And respond she did. She offered advice on the conflict between the hero and heroine and then said, "with some revision and refining, this story could be a strong contender for NY Publishing houses." She urged me to pursue an agent.

To complete a great week, I received another batch of Eyvind Earle posters from Guy.

Till next time,
Margot Justes
A Hotel in Paris


Morgan Mandel said...

Good luck on the revisions, Margot!

And thanks for letting us in on Panetonne. I never heard of it before.

Morgan Mandel

Margot Justes said...

It's yummy, perfect with either tea or coffee.
A Hotel in paris

Deb Larson said...

Amanda the Editor sounds like a great gal! I'd much rather have someone tell me the weak spots in a story so I can work on it, rather than a thanks, no thanks - not for me attitude.
Good luck with your rewrites!
DL Larson

Margot Justes said...

I loved the rejection, this is the first one with so much substance, made me feel I'm quite close to... whatever.
A Hotel in Paris