In the Fullness of Time

August 2002
by Betsy Robinson

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About 16 years ago, I wrote my first novel, Plan Z by Leslie Kove. I had a
sense, while I was writing the novel, that I was doing exactly what I was meant to do.

The first draft came out in about two months and I was in a state of
meditation for the whole writing. There was not a doubt in my mind that it
would be published. I immediately found an agent who was in love with the
book. He sent it to all the major New York City publishers and they all rejected it
because it was midlist.
I never believed this book would go unpublished, but I put it on a shelf for
15 years. I just figured eventually I would know when to do something with
it. One day, I was reading Poets & Writers Magazine, and I saw a first-
novel contest run by a publisher called Mid-List Press. A lightbulb went on in
my head, and I said, “That’s mine!” I submitted the book, fully expecting to
win their contest. Many months passed and I didn’t hear anything, so I
checked the www.midlist.org Web site. Much to my astonishment, somebody
else’s name was listed as the winner of the first-novel contest. “How can that
be?” I thought. “That was MINE.”
Accepting that I must have been wrong, I forgot about it. One day a few
months later, the phone rang, and it was the Publisher of Mid-List saying
they wanted to publish Plan Z by Leslie KoveÂÒC4/I> I assumed they had decided to
publish it
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