Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
see Saturday's post); it simply "does not suit" them. They aren't sorry they can't respond personally, they "regret the great volume of submissions they receive." They don't want you to bug off, but to have "success placing your work elsewhere." Thanks for thinking of them!
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
- “Rejections slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil – but there is no way around them.” – Isaac Asimov
- “I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, ‘To hell with you.’“ – Saul Bellow
- “I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.” – Sylvia Plath
- “Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.” – Kurt Vonnegut
- “Often, you have to fail as a writer before you write that bestselling novel or ground-breaking memoir. If you’re failing as a writer – which it definitely feels like when you’re struggling to write regularly or can’t seem to earn a living as a freelance writer – maybe you need to take a long-term perspective.” – J.K. Rowling
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
- There are a lot of unnecessary and misused colons. En dashes were used where em dashes were needed
- This novel will be very difficult to place
- Lots of good detail of the snow, clothing, hair movements, etc
- The first chapter is very long
- The first line is somewhat intriguing, but not really fascinating
- It is definitely original. I saw no cliches
- Writer has a very unique voice
- Main character seems dark, trapped in a horrible world
- I don't see any conflict. The mother is too domineering to allow it.
- The children talked in a manner appropriate for unsupervised, uncared for children of the era.
- Narrative vastly overwhelmed the dialogue.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Literary Rejections sprouted up like a weed in 2014 (i.e., the last 11 days), claiming to be the "official website." Official, my ass. What does that even mean? Official of what? Ah, well, some people are truly full of douchery, am I right? Here's what s/he writes about the :
BTW, you'll be relieved to know that the site declares it will not charge you any dues to be a member of the site. Weirdly, it is a hugely extensive undertaking, but its owners ripped off some other ideas and a few of my branding elements, as displayed above. I don't know how I'm going to get behind this grand effort. I'll have to mull it over and get in touch with my more generous self.
Giving a Voice to Those Without a Publishing DealThe quest to be read consumes the life of the writer. Doors too often close in their face. Rejection dangles the temptation to quit before their eyes on a frequent basis. Their prose is silent, as are their voices. Unpublished writers are some of the most dedicated, hardworking, unrewarded creative individuals on the planet. Their stories of rejection, and their journeys to the promised land of a publishing deal, matter. They embody the relentless ambition of a dream. They remind the publishing industry that talent is always knocking on the door. That no matter how many no’s they hear they will never give up. It is not an option. Writing is what makes them who they are. It defines them. This site will give them a voice. Through a series of blog posts, writers from across all genres and countries will be able to share their personal experiences of rejection. This community will help each other, and inspire those about to embark on the arduous journey to print.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Writer, Rejected: I did hear back from [someone billed in an earlier email as a "star editor"] today and did my own reading as well. We both love what you are doing, but in the end, we both agree that [title of novel] isn’t the right fit for us here. Thanks so much, again, for reaching out to us, and I sincerely wish you the best with your future writing. All best, Daisy, Vice President and Publisher, Fiction
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
I am sending this post from an undisclosed location in the desert.* I have been locked away in a bunker with Rosemary Ahern for some time now, revising my novel. She is an amazing editor, just as I imagined. So, I was not lying when I said I was lying that I was going to stop writing entirely. Or to put it in a positive construction: I have been working on the novel this last year without blogging.
Since my hiatus there have been many more rejections, as you may have guessed. And, just so you know, peeps, I got them all without an agent. I had been sending the book out myself and getting read and rejected all by myself.
Then, at the very turn of 2014, something wonderful happened. A publisher who wants my book has appeared like a vision from nowhere. My book is going to be published!
It only took 15 years, but think about it, gentle mice, what the hell else would I have been doing during that time anyway. So congratulate me, and take heart. It seems that publishing still has some breath in it yet.
I will post some of my more interesting rejections in the meantime, for your reading pleasure. I am also going to blog the hell out of this publishing experience, so stay tuned.
*Not really; I've just finished watching all 6 seasons of Breaking Bad, so don't believe my dramatics, yo. My novel, however, really has been chosen for publication, bitches. That is not part of the joke.