thank you

...for all the tweets and comments and celebratory e-mails. INTERN feels like she has hundreds of fairy godpeople helping and poking and waving their wands as she stumbles her way towards published noveldom, and that is a magical feeling indeed.

In case you are curious, here are some questions and answers about INTERN's forthcoming books!

Q: Isn't summer 2013, like, a year and a half away? Why the long wait?

A: The summer 2013 pub date is timed to coincide with INTERN's release from the maximum security women's prison from which she has been writing this blo—oh wait, that's some other intern.

It would take an entire post to explain the logic behind pub dates. Most importantly in INTERN's case, the summer 2013 pub date for Book 1 gives INTERN more time to write a brilliant Book 2 (not a sequel) in time for summer 2014.

INTERN is still getting the hang of novels. She's inefficient, delusional, and frequently confused. This timeline gives INTERN more time to develop as a writer—well worth the longer wait.

Q: But publishing as we know it won't even exist after the 2012 apocalypse!

A: This is why MIDNIGHT AT THE RADIO TEMPLE is written entirely in Mayan characters.

Q: Is the manuscript finished?

A: Actually, INTERN is up to her nostrils in revisions and is at this very moment grappling with the dreaded Athenian Novel Paradox. Every night, Techie Boyfriend talks her out of yet another genius completely wacky revision "solution" (what if the novel is REALLY supposed to be told from the point of view of the azalea bushes?!?), hiding INTERN's laptop as necessary.

Q: How long has this been in the works?

A: Oh, let's see. INTERN had the idea for the novel about a year and a half ago, wrote most of it while living in this van, did her queries while living on Rattlesnake Ranch, and accepted Harper's offer in August just before leaving for India.

Now that the proverbial squirrel is out of the suitcase, INTERN is happy to answer questions about her own experiences with querying/going on submission/etc, although such things vary so wildly from person to person that they are better saved for entertainment purposes than used as a roadmap for anyone else.

Q: What's in the future for INTERN?

Lots of revisions. Lots of freaking out. Lots of going for long, distracted walks through muddy Northwest forests. In another few months, INTERN and Techie Boyfriend will be living in their van again, leading INTERN to rename her novel MIDNIGHT AT THE WALMART PARKING LOT.

In short, nothing has changed...

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Have more questions? Fire away in the comments! Otherwise, INTERN wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving!

Comments

  1. So totally in the same revision boat. What if I take the beginning and make it the end and then everything in the middle would happen backwards!

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  2. Will we get to see a new photograph of you?

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  3. Hooray, INTERN! I mean, Hilary! And Molly O'Neill is an awfully fabulous editor, indeed.

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  4. Sarah: Hmmm! Not quite yet. But some time!

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  5. Rachel: Yes, she is! INTERN is very lucky :)

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  6. YAAYYYY, that's so awesome. :D also, PW blurb was too short! I want to know more about the book! hehe. but the title alone sounds awesome :)

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  7. Just curious if this forthcoming novel (on which I offer my heartiest congratulations) will be in first person or third.

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  8. Happy Thanksgiving, Intern and all her fairy godpeople! :-)

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  9. Congrats INTERN....just curious, did you mention your successful blog when you queried? And if so, do you think it helped?

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  10. Will you still be offering your superpowered INTERN critiques and such business? Now that you are, in fact, a really real author thanks to the DEADLINES (oh no!).

    You most definitely deserve many such fairy godpeoples for your wonderful self. :D

    ~Ashlee
    http://ashleesch.com
    http://theDragonsHoard.bigcartel.com

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  11. Ashlee: Indeed! INTERN is still taking on new critique clients (and is more excited than ever about helping other authors get their manuscripts off the ground). Turnaround times might be a little longer what with the deadline, though...

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  12. Secrets of webcam girl: Yes, INTERN mentioned her blog in her query letter. She is pretty sure it helped, because the query itself was pretty terrible...

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  13. Shaunna: First person! Haha...INTERN has been using up all her third-person energy on this blog :)

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  14. Ah, congratulations, Intern! make the most of the extra time. I'm still in my 2 year wait for publication.

    I'm looking forward to Midnight at the Radio Temple. Even in Mayan...

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  15. So excited about your book and knowing your real name. Congrats and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  16. congrats! however, i prefer to think of you as faceless girl with brown hair. i hope you will consider using that as your author photo.

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  17. Is Rich & Famous Intern going to keep techie boyfriend or take on Groupie Boy Toys?

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  18. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I just knew you were going to hit it out of the park. I never had any doubt.

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  19. Hey, there's nothing wrong with living in a van, as long as it's down by the river.
    Congrats on your sale!!! Also, agree with Francine on the faceless brown girl author photo. Save your advance money for a new van.

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  20. Congratulations!!! This is wonderful news. Your blog is always so entertaining; it will be wonderful to read a novel from you!

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  21. This is great news H-. You’ve been so admirably productive and adventurous since leaving that ol’ internship behind. ☺ How many words is your MS? I look forward to reading the finished product.

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