Monday, February 28, 2011

2/28 Update

I'm still waiting to hear back from the agent at William Morris Endeavor (WME). In the meantime, I've received interest from three other agencies, two of which are currently reviewing my full manuscript. I should find out more about my situation within the next few days, and I'll be keeping you updated on events as they progress.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

BIG Update

Lately, I've been working with Andy Behrman, author of Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania, who's been trying to help me find an agent. Big news on that front today--the agent he's tried to connect me with has read and liked my book proposal. His assistant sent me an email asking for the rest of the manuscript, and I complied in approximately zero seconds.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

2/15 Update

Well, it's official. I won't be working for TFA next year. I didn't make it past the first round of the admissions process. So I'm putting some of my leftover eggs in the USF graudate writing program basket.

Today, I went down to Boston for a therapy appointment at the MGH Bipolar clinic. We discussed my plan to go out to San Francisco with my brother and my mother to check out some of the schools he's applying to. They'll be going to SF, Portland, and Tacoma, but I'll be staying in SF for the duration, most likely hanging out with my good friend Michael A. Lewis. I'm looking forward to the trip.

In related news, I've started writing a novel[la] about a road trip, and would really like to take one myself. For now, the San Fran trip will have to suffice.

I also got in touch with Andy Behrman, and offered my services as an assistant.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Personal Updates

I've applied to work for a bunch of organizations in the last few weeks, including Teach For America. I've also applied to the University of San Francisco's MFA program in Writing.

In the meantime, I've applied to work as a substitute teacher for my old high school. My former AP Gov't teacher informed me that two social studies teachers are going on sabbatical next year, and he invited me to apply for one of the as of yet unfilled positions. I told him that I'll apply if I'm still expecting to be in the area, but that, really, I want to be on the other side of the country by the time the 2011-12 school year rolls around.

A portion of the first chapter of my semi-autobiographical story about bipolar disorder was featured on allaboutbipolar.com on Feb. 2, so I've managed to get a bit more traffic via that connection.

I've also started sending out my manuscript proposal to agents. First on my list was an agent at William Morris, but I haven't heard back from him yet so I'm starting to target others. Wish me luck!

Pete