Monday, April 30, 2012
Among the Ranks of the Rejected
It seems there are many short-sighted publishers in this world.
I have been to innumerable writers' conferences and listened to panels of editors describe what they want. I have heard many of them say, "I'll know it when I see it."
To be fair, I realize that editors are swamped with manuscripts. They have to get rid of some of them.
Over the years, my manuscripts have been turned down plenty of times. Irons in the Fire had 25 rejections from both agents and editors, but it was published eventually and was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award.
It is wonderful to find an editor who appreciates your writing, but it isn't an easy task and frequently those editors move on. Then the author has to start the process all over again.
I am still collecting rejections from publishers. In the last letter I received, the editor wrote about my use of formal language. It wasn't right for her.
Daughter #1 got a laugh out of that. She figured I probably wrote out the word your instead of using ur.
Prince of the Mist is currently my only self-published book. However, it was previously published. Putting it up for sale again was a no-brainer.
Self-publishing is not a difficult process, but it is extra work. I have considered putting up my books on my own, but it is wonderful to have someone else edit, format, make a cover, and upload the book for me.
All I really want to do is write.