Okay, it had to happen sooner or later. After three publications, I’ve finally received the inevitable “slap” of a rejection. When I opened it and started reading, the email could have gone both ways, and then it slipped into…
“We are no longer able to reply to each query individually, but please be assured we consider every submission very carefully. Unfortunately, your manuscript is not a good fit for us at this time.”
Okay, well, it was a “nice” rejection. They didn’t say it stunk. They even asked to keep them in mind for my next project (yeah, it’s a form letter, but it was nice, and I will still keep them in mind. They are a great publisher.)
I understand what people talk about now. Since this was an all-encompassing form letter, I have no idea WHY it was rejected. In fact, I don’t even know if they got past the query.
***I don’t know***
Are they glutted with Paranormal Romance right now? I don’t know.
Was the story too short? I don’t know.
Have they seen the plot before? I don’t know.
Was in not “Romancy” enough? I don’t know.
Did they not see the value of it as a continuing series? I don’t know.
Did they laugh at my inadequacy? I don’t know.
Honestly, when I first read it, I was not disappointed, even though I was really interested in that publisher. My reaction was more like. “Oh, okay, I’ll just look somewhere else”
But then those questions above started sinking in. I started questioning myself.
After a little while though, I dusted myself off. I like the story, and I have it out at a few other publishers as well. Someone will like it.
But while I’m waiting, I don’t want my cute little egg sitting in one basket. I’m actively seeking a few more publishers. One that I’ve found, I actually think I like MORE that my first pick.
We’ll see how it goes. No tears, no disappointment, just onward and upward.
It’s just the business, right?
How do you feel about “form” rejections?
- Rejected and Dejected (kymlucas.me)
- Writer’s Need A Thick Skin… (mandyevebarnett.com)
- Writing Tips: How to Handle Rejection (shannonathompson.com)
- The Art and Science of Querying (catherinelowrites.wordpress.com)
- When We Write Letters, Part VII (rebeccatdickinson.com)