Monday, November 17, 2008

My Foot Lives in my Mouth... Sorry, does that sound gross?

I met my agent Ted over the weekend for the first time. He spoke at the SCBWI (Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators) Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, where he was so good he killed. I shouldn't start gushing about him, because it would get a little out of control, possibly leading to restraining orders, etc.

In his speech, he emphasized the importance of professionalism in writers he decides to take on. With this in mind, I have created a fun multiple choice quiz about my dinner with Ted, Jill Dembowski from Little, Brown, and other important SCBWI people:

1. In an effort to appear professional, Brodi said which phrase at dinner:
a. "I love to keep up on the trends in Young Adult Literature."
b. "I've been writing ever since I was a young child."
c. "I'm totally left brained. I have absolutely no creativity. I like math better than writing."

If you guessed 'c', you would be correct. It was like one of those moments where the words are coming out of your mouth, and you can see it happening, like a train wreck, yet you can't stop it. Once they escaped my mouth, they hung momentarily over the table like a giant rain cloud about to burst. I considered leaping onto the table in an effort to corral them before they could reach Ted's ears, but that might have made the situation worse.

On a positive note, I only told him I loved him two or three times. Yea me.

So now I will work on Ted's revisions, and hope that he doesn't 'accidentally' destroy our contract together.


  1. um, yup i could've picked out "C"
    as your answer! LOL!
    it's a good thing we ALL keep putting our feet in our mouth on a daily basis~

  2. I'm still gushing over how good looking Ted is...why would you ever stop telling him you loved him...;)

  3. It must be a family thing, my foot would always be in my mouth...if only I were that flexible.

  4. I thought I was the only one who did things like that! Good luck to you!!!

  5. Hmmm… maybe you can drop a hint that you just heard of something called “sarcasm”, and wanted to try it out, and then ask him what he thought? Chances are, he’ll just look at you and scratch his head, then forget all about it. Give it a try! Or not. Your choice. Good luck with the publishing thingy.

  6. Does Ted know about the Newbury award you turned down? Taylor and I LOVE your blog and can't wait for the Christmas card. It's our favorite.

  7. Aw, come on, it wasn't that bad. Ted laughed . . .sort of . . .I think. It just means you must totally rock at math if you are better at it than writing :) I'm sure that's exactly what Ted was thinking.