Two weeks ago, I decided to start the process of shopping my stories around. I figured, I have three finished manuscripts, all strong enough that I felt confident in showing them. But the thought of finding an editor/publisher/agent is daunting, so before starting the process, I decided to begin with a few personal contacts. I typed up a few email notes, keeping it casual. I didn't plead too much, but just enough to let them know I was serious about writing as well as illustrating. I mean, why not; what's the worst thing anyone could say but "no". I've been illustrating for over 23 years, I'm all too familiar with "no".
What I'm not familiar with, and what I didn't anticipate, is a complete non-reply. That just plain stings. Com'mon, say it with me, all in sync: Devas T., you are an idiot.