• Based on the request from the publisher on my Talmud-based (Rabbi Aviva) story, I reset the story in China and sent it back three days later. The publisher is reviewing it now, but says that it looks very promising. The truth is that it wasn’t as simple as merely resetting the story. Whether ultimately this is where this story finds a home, I really loved the exercise of putting the story into another time period and setting while still retaining all the original elements of the text. It forced me to reread the original text (Talmud) of the story in context. Now things are going to get a bit nerdy. Ok, more than a bit. I noticed a discrepancy between the two online versions that I was using and then went to the printed text. Since my language abilities are limited, I’m working in English translations. I tried to look at the actual text, but with the ancient Aramaic and Hebrew, go figure, I needed an expert. I spoke with my rabbi and went through the various versions with him over Zoom. We weren’t able to resolve the issue as to why the text was translated differently, but ultimately found answers to some of my questions and certainly enough to rewrite the story.
  • Full manuscript sent! I ended up taking 5 days to respond so that I could reread it again and have my line editor (husband) look at again too. While I’m not actively looking for an agent right now because I’m immersed in my picture book journey, this is an agent that I would absolutely love to work with. I had a complex system on my original query chart of ranking agents from 1-5. While I was considering many factors, I know that I really want an agent that believes in my story and my character. For this project and future projects, I was trying to focus on agents that also believe that the world needs Jewish stories, that are interested in historical fiction or at least open to it, that appreciate serious and sometimes heavy stories, and that have championed projects that I also fell in love with. I got a message back that it takes 4-6 weeks for a response from a full request. Let the waiting begin!
  • Writing-wise, it was a slow week because much of my time spent was on a final reread of my MG manuscript and research for my new MG manuscript. Research is where I tend to get lost in deep rabbit holes.
  • My panel discussion on Jewish inclusivity for World Jewish Congress went well and I was able to make all of the points that I wanted including putting a spotlight on the need to include the disability community in talks on inclusion.
  • I also pushed our US trip up by a week in a very last minute decision. Writing from NYC now…