Book Contract II -- Got My Answer

So I had planned on posting yesterday's post on Friday last week. But Friday morning was quite busy and before I knew it, the day was almost over and I hadn't posted. But even had I posted, I would still have to admit to "cheating." If you've been keeping up with this blog, you'll know that I don't always have stuff to say. So to throw away such a great post (well, I liked it. I thought it was a great post.)was out of the question for me. Anyway, Thursday evening (January 3), late, I checked my email to find I'd gotten a response from one of the editors. My knees might have been knocking, only I was sitting down. Good thing, too! My fingers were sure trembling and I had to draw in a deep breath before opening the email. The whole family was around holding a collective breath. Click. "Hi Lianne," the email opens, "Thank you for the opportunity to read your proposal..." And about that time I freak out, though inwardly only because I need to maintain calm in front of the kids. I scan down quickly to see if there's a yes or a no. I find those life-changing words. Blah, blah, blah... " unfortunately we are not going to pursue..." Argh! So now I know it's a no and I go back to read the whole thing calmly. And as I'm reading, my spirits begin to rise again. Basically, the reason they rejected it is because, although the setting is unique, it started to sound just like other books this publisher has put out in the past dealing with this particular time period. The editor did take some time to tell me what she liked about my story, and made a few other suggestions as well. Then she went on to say that she wouldn't be surprised to see this story put out by another publisher somewhere, it just didn't fit HER line.

It's still a rejection, but I came out of this feeling positive. In fact, I felt so positive about it that I still have not felt depressed or down over it. IN FACT, the story isn't really over. lol. Friday morning after sleeping on this, I wrote back to this same editor. I thanked her for her "kind rejection". Then I got brave. I figured, I had nothing to lose, right? So I asked her if I made some changes, if she would be willing to look at it again.

And if you want to know the conclusion to this part of the story...hehe...well, you'll have to tune back in tomorrow and find out. :) Now...don't complain. Be happy for me that I have something to say for two days straight!

Have a great day, and a great week.


amhranoferie said…
I had been reading your blog a few times a week, but when you got so busy with your book and were not posting as often I stopped checking it as often. So imagine my surprise and delight when I finally got around to checking it this week and find several blogs.=)
I can't wait to read todays blog and find out what news you have!!!
Hurry and post please...I'm impatient.

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