So I've been querying this YA fantasy novel that I think is FANTASTIC and I've had others share the feeling...but apparently not agents. I've had six show interest and request more material, and so far all but two of them has turned it down.
Contradicting terms? I thought so. But I decided to focus on the more positive aspects of her rejection. And today I had another agent who'd requested the full thing reject it saying, "There is a lot I liked about this story, and the writing shows potential. But in the end, the elements of the story were too familiar for an overcrowded market." In other words, the writing's good, come up with a more original idea. Which kinda sucks because I really think my idea is original!
What am I going to do about it? Keep chugging, baby! At the Big Sur Writer's Workshop in California last March I sat next to a freelance editor named Eric Elfman, and he said, "If you keep writing, you will get published." The problem with most people is they give up too soon. Not me. Nu-uh, no giving up here. Not even if I have to self-publish it! Somewhere out there (I'm hearing Fievel singing in my head) is an agent who will not think my story is unengaging and unoriginal. There is an agent who will read my Tears book and think, how fabulous! It will happen!
Rejections--a Bad Thing?
Friday, July 15, 2011
I'm a mother, a Mormon and a musician, and I squee over all things pink and sparkly. I write books about doors that shouldn't be opened and enchanted tears that shouldn't be shed. I'm the proud wife of a farmer, and we live in a dinky Idaho farm town where the chances of getting stuck in tractor-induced traffic jams are highly likely. I believe anything can be made better with a good attitude and maybe a book packed away for those just-in-case times.