May 14th, 4:16 a.m. PST (Facebook)


I finished your book last night. It’s going to stick with me for a very long time. It’s achingly beautiful. You did Serala right in this book. And yourself. I kept coming back to the fact that I’ve never come close to any of the experiences you’ve been through, and yet I could totally, completely understand everything, and feel, deeply, for every single person in your book. I found myself folding down page after page because I want to go back and read those pages again and again.


May 4th, 1:03 p.m. EST (Facebook)


NOT interested.



May 3rd, 3:57 a.m. PDT (email)


I bought your book and it came two days ago and I just finished it, spending many more hours last night and tonight reading rather than sleeping, and wanted to thank you for the journey of your life that you were willing to share through the memories written across pages. I think you are very brave.


I cried hard in the end, for your pain, for “serala’s” resiliency and sorrow, and for the many glimpses of myself that I couldn’t deny.


All this to say, thank you. And well fucking done.



May 9th, 8:00 p.m., EST (a visit to X local indie bookstore)


“Hey, how are you?  I’m a local author, just released a book this month.  I’ve been in touch with you guys a bit as I think my publisher has.  I wondered why I couldn’t find my book here…?”


“Hold on.”


[Slim hipster slides to the computer monitor and strikes keys, slides back].


“Well, we had two in stock, but it looks like they sold out right away.”




“Yeah. So, we’ve ordered two more.  They should be on their way.”


May 10th, 2013, 10:15 a.m. PST (text)

Reached out to X (mega-indie) bookstore for you.  No luck.  Here’s the response: ‘I looked into Eli’s book and our buyers elected not to carry that title in stores.  We don’t bring inventory into stores though events, so we would decline a request to host Eli.  This goes without saying, but this is not a judgmento n [sic] the quality of Eli’s work, we just can’t carry every title that get’s [sic] published each season.’


January 15th, 2009, 10:15 a.m., PST (email)


Dear Author:


Please forgive this impersonal note regarding your query, which we have considered but must decline. As we receive a tremendous number of queries, we are unable to respond to each submission individually, but we thank you for the opportunity to review your work.


We encourage you to keep writing and to try other agents.


Yours sincerely


February 26th, 2011, 3:53 p.m. EST (email)


Dear Agent X: I’m glad to be able to finally get something like an initial offer out for you and Eli…. But I want you both to know, no matter what happens, that I truly love this book. I’m haunted by it, and honestly, I’m kinda in awe. Now. Still.


To get it into enough folks hands we’re going to have to be creative in how we market it, and we’re going to have to get Eli as involved as possible—talking about it to anyone who’ll listen.


And then, hopefully, a couple great reviews. And then good word of mouth….


And finally, again hopefully, it really takes off.


It deserves nothing less.


You know I wish I could offer the moon, but this really is fuzzy and uncharted territory for ECW. I honestly don’t know how the book will do—all I know is that it has to be done.





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