Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret
among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture Marly Youmans is a novelist and poet out of sync with the times
but in tune with the ages. --First Things

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Luck Child, where are you?

Clive Hicks-Jenkins
detail, division page for Maze of Blood

I have had the usual bad publishing luck (editors departing and leaving books orphan) and some unusual bad luck with my books (as, publishing a book just after 9-11), but never, never, never have I had the post office burst open my well-taped box of first-pass galleys--carefully marked by me, the register and work of many days--and lose almost all of the pages. Until now.

12 comments:

  1. Sorry about dumping all those comments--but I realized that anyone who wanted to comment here would have to have at least a placeholder Google account, and I didn't want to do that to anyone, even though it makes for more comments.

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  2. REALLY? That is extraordinary, Marly. How does a well-taped box 'burst open'.
    I would not be at all happy. This is just miserable!

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    1. Luckily they are going to accept my e-version--and it is lucky that I put all the changes in after the first pass. Because I don't usually do that.

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    2. There are still problems with that... but less serious.

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  3. Heart attack material indeed! What's gone wrong with the post service?! Glad you have the e-version, whew.

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    1. Yes, I don't normally do that but decided I would start doing it with this manuscript. HURRAH.

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    1. Just got a note that there are loose pages in the mail bin!

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  5. Ugh. Sorry to hear this. (Sounds like something the troubled ghost of a certain Texas fantasy writer would have done...)

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    1. Interesting thought! I think it's going to be okay. Evidently there were a lot of loose pages "in the mail bin." So maybe it's all spread wildly around but there.

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  6. Oh Marly Marly Marly! What a headache for you. I'm so sorry. Sending massive hugs in your direction.

    (What were they doing? Playing football with it?)

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    1. Who knows what bored postal employees get up to?

      But I think it may all be well, as they found loose pages "in the mail bin." In the UK, that would mean trash! I am not sure what a mail bin is here. But I guess big enough that they did not realize till the end of the day? I hope they are all there. We'll see.

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.