Monday, March 26, 2007

Double whammy.

They came on the same day. I have to admit, this hurt. Both partials have been rejected. I was really hoping for either of these agents but, it's not to be. One was a straight form rejection. The other said, she liked my writing, creativity, and found many riches, but it didn't lift off the page as much as she'd like. She did say fiction was a very tough genre. *shrug* Not sure what to make of this. So, back to square one.


Jane Richardson said...

Oh, Carol...bummer. I'm sorry. Did you get the link for agents looking that I sent through? Heck, we know it's tough, we need specifics, though. 'Lifting off the page' isn't too helpful. Look, if there's anything I can do to help, do shout, won't you? I won't say 'keep at it' cos I know you're doing that anyway. Hugs.

Carol said...

Hi Jane,
Thanks. :) Yes, I did get the link you sent, and I have sent a few queries out to agents on the list. Last night as I stumbled around, I found a blurb from a publisher. He said, it really isn't a matter of you writing a good book, it has to be marketable. His advice was to not write what you enjoy, write what sells. I can see his point but don't particularly appreciate the logic. I still have some queries out there, so we'll see what happens.

Jane Richardson said...

I'm with you. I guess it depends where you want to go, or where 'one' wants to go, I mean. Write what sells, or write the book of your heart? I can't write what sells - what sells, Scottish historicals, say. I couldn't do that, becausse it doesn't mean a thing to me. I'm Scottish, and the history I know about bears little relation to the one in the romance books. But that's okay, it sells. Just that I couldn't do it, I couldn't write what wouldn't come naturally to me, some people are more flexible that way, I guess. Another friend is writing what 'sells,' but feels stuck in a rut in many ways, because it's not really what she wanted to write in the first I don't know. There's a lot of stuff selling, and it beats me why it IS selling, sometimes. Of course it has to be marketable, that's an agents priority. Maybe e-publishing has opened things out a little more, too, changed the market or what's available? I can see the agent's logic too, of course, and they're less likely to take a gamble, I guess. Hard to know what to do :( Let's see what happens, anyway. J x