"Dear Contributor..." That's how today's rejection letter started. Didn't even have my name or a date, for goodness sake! And, you guessed it, no helpful criticism. I'm running out of Skyline Drive mushroom photos (only 2 left), so... that means either good news is on its way, or I need to rethink this whole 'Agent? I-Don't-Need-No-Stinking-Agent' attitude. :) Original Reasons for *not* using an agent: 1) The goal at Christmas 2013 was to get published in 2014, even if it
Email received at 10:53 PM. "Dear Ms. Clark, Thank you for submitting to [publisher, which shall not be named.] After careful consideration, we have decided we are not the right publisher for this manuscript. I wish you the best finding a home for your work." --Acquisitions Editor Well, there you go. No helpful criticisms I can use to improve, so I'm still in the dark. Had a bad week, anyway, so this makes it a particularly sucky week. :( (How's that for author vocabu
Ever have that feeling that good news is on its way? I felt like that ALL DAY today. So, when the mail came I excitedly shuffled through it, and -- if you noticed the big mushroom photo then you probably already guessed it -- NOTHING. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Still no responses from publishers. This sucks. I hate waiting.
Nearly all of my hand-picked Early Readers have asked How in the world such a happy person like me could have written a novel so—(fill in the blank.) Their next words vary greatly, from ‘dark’ to ‘horrific’ to ‘brilliant’ and everything in between, and my answers probably vary accordingly. The easy answer, “When I wrote Notion Waves I was not a happy person,” isn’t the whole truth and doesn’t explain a thing, because the next book in the Notion Waves series is just as—(agai
Ok, well... maybe I don't laugh at rejection, but at least I'm not crying. Not yet. I received my third rejection letter this week. Bummer. The good news is that all three publishers were long-shots anyway, so I'm trying not to sweat it. One website stated 'on rare occasions we take non-agented authors,' so I hoped I would be The One. I wasn't. Another came back saying they don't publish my genre, but that's not exactly true, according to their website, so I think they we
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