Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Sigh

A very small part of me says, keep it to yourself, but a bigger part says, this is the reason you created this blog, to allow others to see the path of a would-be novelist. So, *big breath* I heard back from my full today--No. Of course, I'm disappointed but reason is salving the wound quickly.

If you will allow me. When the full was requested, it was accompanied with a note saying, if my love scenes were steamy enough, I might stand a shot. I knew from the beginning my love scenes were more of the sweet nature. But, I sent it anyway. The thing is, my book keeps getting measured to romance standards. It is not a romance book, even though I'm certain that's where it'll be shelved when published. (See, I haven't given up. :))

Am I overlooking something obvious? I have targeted agents who represent historicals. Just because there is a romance in the story, does that make it a romance book? Not according to RWA. Trust me, they pointed this out quite clearly.

So. I still have two partials and a smattering of queries adrift. I know there's an audience for this type of story. I just need to find the agent who also knows it.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Carol, you should be glad they didn't accept your novel. If they're too stupid to publish your book, you don't want to be associated with them. I have a huge directory of publishers and their guidelines, but it's for Romance Novels so it might not be any help. But if you're interested let me know I'll e-mail it to you. It comes up on acrobat and is very long. It's dated 2004 and it says to always double check the guidelines on their website before submitting, but it will at least provide some sources maybe. Cale-here's something that always works when I need/want something:pick a date, say April 12, 2007, and tell yourself that your book will be accepted by then, if not already. Don't just say it either, BELIEVE it.

Carol said...

Hi Cale,
You are so sweet, and thank you for your offer. I think I have a lengthy list of agents left, but if I need more, I'm askin'. :) The reason she gave for passing was the time period and place in history. She feels Revolutionary War Boston isn't publishable. I guess I'm a minority, I love that time period--obviously. One of the reasons I wrote about it is because I couldn't find anything to read. Maybe everyone's tastes will swing the other way soon and then there will be a big demand. Until then, I'll keep writing the sequels. She did say, if I have other things, she was interested in reading it. I guess that means she didn't hate my writing. I'll take it. :D

Anonymous said...

There's an author I like who said that one of her books was denied in the 80's because the publishers didn't believe that medieval Scotland stories would sell, now the two most popular settings for books are 1st Regency England and 2nd Medieval Scotland. Publishers say they was different and unique stories but sometimes they only want what has proven popular, contradicting their want for difference. I love the Revolutionary War time period, not just here in the US but everywhere, there was a lot going on in the world then, but not a lot of books about that time period.
Cale- my e-mail is calebm85@hotmail.com, e-mail if you want that list.

Anonymous said...

Aww, Carol they stink. COF is a wonderfully written beautiful love story, I think your love scenes are spectacular and more steaminess is not needed. Pppptthhhbbbtt on them! Mandy :)

Carol said...

Aw, Mandy, you made me laugh. Thanks for the support.

Carol said...

Cale,
That is encouraging. Thanks. I hope your writing is going well.

Susan Adrian said...

I'm sorry to hear that Carol. Sounds like it just wasn't the right match for you, though. A good sign that they did ask for more of your work. :)

Keep sending it out!

Carol said...

Hi Susan,
Thanks. It did help that she didn't criticize my writing. Very promising. How is your YA coming along? Ready to share yet?

Susan Adrian said...

Carol:

The new book is awesome, thanks. And nope, I think I'm going to keep this one close to the vest for a while. It's all good. :)

Carol said...

Hi Susan,
Well when your ready, count me in.

Jane Richardson said...

Carol, what a pain. Well, their loss. If it's any consolation, I sympathise with the 'romance' issue. Mine is out there, but I don't think it's category romance either. Thought I know that's where it'll end up shelved, just like yours, I suspect it'll go against me in the initial stages. Don't give up, there ARE people who want your story and your voice. :)
Jane x

Carol said...

Hi Jane,
Yeah, not nice to hear, but I'm not giving up. Have you heard anything for your wip?

Jane Richardson said...

Not yet, Carol. I don't expect to hear anything at all for at least a month. Trying to forget all about it for now!