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Book Fairy


Book Fairy

            I read a lot of library books. On average, I read about twelve a month. So they are regularly flowing in and out of my house. I came up with an idea a couple of weeks ago and I started slipping little messages into the library books that I have finished before I return them. The notes don’t say a lot, they’re just short messages. I think on the first one I just wrote: You’re really awesome! The most recent one that I wrote said: Something wonderful is going to happen.
            I don’t know why I started doing this, but I’m very glad that I did. It makes me feel good to have the hope that not only might my little messages help to brighten someone’s day, they might arrive on a day when they are really needed. That would be very cool. When I think about it, that’s what I’m doing on social media all of the time and why I am such a fan of it. I love being able to reach out to friends and acquaintances when they are going through a hard time. Why not reach out to strangers.
            It’s just a tiny thing. Actually, it’s a pretty silly thing. Little things can really mean a lot to people though. I remember how a man literally ran up to me once in a Costco parking lot when I was getting ready to lift a heavy case of bottled water into my car. He insisted on doing it for me. My back goes out occasionally and lifting is what always gets me. His gesture meant a lot to me. I swear it made my week! I am still telling people about it.
            I have just started queering publishing agents to represent my novel. It is a terrifying experience for me, terrific, yet terrifying. Agents have to read a lot of these things and they are normally very picky about exactly how an author should submit, understandably. I am shaking in my boots each time that I send one out, worried that I will do something wrong. I got a rejection e-mail today, a rejection, that had me smiling from ear to ear. Here it is:  

Dear Kristin,

Thank you so much for writing me about your project.  I read and consider each query carefully and while yours is not exactly what I am looking for, I would certainly encourage you to keep trying.  I know your work is important to you and I am grateful that you wrote to me.

All best,

Jenny

            Wow! I was totally blown away. I know that it doesn’t seem like a lot, it’s a rejection after all. To me though, just starting out, this e-mail was so encouraging. It reassured me that I am actually doing this right, and it might just be me, but I thought it sounded like she believed I could definitely find an agent who is interested. Yay!
            So, I am going to keep playing the book fairy. It is fun for me, and with any luck it will help someone else out when they are having a bad day…someone that I’ve never even met.


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