Lately I’ve been reading Deborah
Willis’s wonderful collection Vanishing
and Other Stories. The characters in “This Other Us” reminded me about that
fantasy dinner party game. Which famous people would you invite to dinner?
Researching potential publishers is like playing the fantasy
dinner party game. Who do I want sitting next to me? Who will be interested in
hearing about this quiet, meandering literary memoir I’ve written about
mothers, mothering and malignant melanoma?
I’ve added a new column to my worksheet of prospective publishers called “Dinner Party.” Now, to prepare the menu, polish the silverware. And yes, send out the invitations.