Today is the 2-year anniversary of the day I submitted my first manuscript to Ylva Publishing, a day I will always remember because it was April Fool’s Day.
I was so focused on my submission that I didn’t think about the date until after I sent the email. But then, I panicked. Would they think my submission was a prank???
I considered following up to explain that my submission was sincere, but in the end I decided to let it be. Sometimes, though, I imagine what I might have said….
[insert wind chimes and blurry screen]
2019-04-01, 9:05 p.m.
Subject: Re: Manuscript submission
Hi Ylva! I hope you don’t mind a second email. I just realized I submitted my book on April Fool’s Day, and I want to assure you that my submission is NOT a joke.
If you offer to publish my book, I will respond with joy and gratitude, not “April Fools lol.”
P.S. This email is also not an April Fool’s prank.
2019-04-01, 9:12 p.m.
Subject: Re: Re: Manuscript submission
Right after I hit send, I realized I shouldn’t have assumed Germans know about April Fool’s Day.
I apologize for being presumptuous. I swear I am not one of those Americans who thinks the world revolves around the United States.
Maybe our holiday hasn’t caught on over there, and you’re thinking, “What the heck is April Fool’s Day?”
To explain briefly, it’s a day when Americans tell each other horrifying lies. When the other person gets upset, we say “April Fools!” Then we have a good laugh and share a stack of cheeseburgers.
If you’ve never heard of it, that’s totally cool. Again, it was wrong of me to assume.
2019-04-01, 9:25 p.m.
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Manuscript submission
Okay, I just learned from Wikipedia that America did not invent April Fool’s Day. In fact—coincidence alert!—it apparently started in Europe.
This is really embarrassing and not at all representative of my awareness of other countries. I just tested myself with a map, and I found Germany on the first try!
2019-04-01, 9:28 p.m.
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Manuscript submission
Actually, my email from 9:12 was a joke. I never believed that America invented April Fool’s Day.
I hope you didn’t think I was serious! LOL. April Fools!
2019-04-01, 9:43 p.m.
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Manuscript submission
One interesting difference between our two countries is the time of day.
After some research and math, I discovered that when I sent my manuscript at 8:55 p.m. in America, it was actually April 2nd in Germany. So, I didn’t send it on April Fool’s Day after all—at least as far as you’re concerned.
Please disregard the previous four emails.
Looking forward to hearing from you,