Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Well, I asked for it …

I've had my manuscript (or a portion of it) out to a couple of different publishers for a while, as well as a short story, but I hadn't heard anything. I was beginning to think I would even be happy for a rejection because at least it would be some feedback.

So, today I got a rejection. It was a nice rejection, with a suggestion for ways to strengthen my story. And, in fact, among the weaknesses the editor cited was one that I had become aware of myself. I had already started rewriting to deal with that issue. So I feel like I've begun moving in the right direction.

Still, a rejection is a rejection and I'm feeling a bit bummed. Oh well. I'll keep working on it and try to make it better. When life throws you lemons, right … ? I wonder if editors ever reconsider a manuscript after it's been significantly rewritten (some months or even years later)?


Brenda Coulter said...

I'm bummed for you on that rejection. But yes, many editors would be happy to take a second look if you mention that you have materially revised the submission.

Wishing you all the best.

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Valerie Comer said...

Hugs, Linda! (And I see I haven't gone blog-cruising for a few days...) Count it as a badge of honor, and carry on. I haven't got one of those badges yet, but starting in the fall (Lord willing) I'll start my own collection. Or not (Lord willing!)