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A rejection

A little bit of disheartening news this time, my full manuscript was rejected based on them feeling they don’t have a place for it on their current list.
It was a ‘good’ rejection though, they took the time to make it personal and give feedback, all of which, surprisingly, was positive.
They believe my work has merit but as a small publishing firm they don’t feel that they have a place for it.  They were very positive about what they read, the storyline and the quality of it, but they didn’t feel it was right for them.  They seemed sincere in their suggestion that I continue my search for representation.
It was actually quite nice because it wasn’t a form rejection.
My search for an agent or publisher continues, I am still waiting on a few responses, then after these come back, or not, the next ones are due the beginning of March.
I only submit to a few at a time as I try to carefully select who I approach ensuring the work meets their requirements and needs, I am sure as an agent there is nothing worse than being ‘carpet bombed’ with manuscripts, especially if they aren’t quite what you’re looking for.
One thing that does surprise me however, given the current popularity of the genre, is how many agents state ‘no fantasy’.
I hope you are all well, thanks for taking the time to stop by.  Have a great week.

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Work in progress

Hi all and welcome to my blog.  I am fairly new to social media and a complete novice at blogging.  These are things I am attempting to correct in hope to meet new people and (I won’t lie) hopefully generate a following for my work.

I am an aspiring fantasy author, although currently seeking agent representation for my work I do have high hopes that at some point in the future my work will be available for the public.

It’s an exciting time, my worst enemy at the moment is impatience.  I have worked really hard on ensuring the quality of my work, the strength of plot and characters.  I am eager to hear something, anything back from the people I have submitted my work to.  I have already received two rejections, yet one of them had a positive spins and advised  that the work wasn’t quite right for them, but I should keep looking.  It was a much nicer rejection than the form letters or no replies I had anticipated.  I imagine I will have many more rejections, but it only takes one person to say yes, one person to believe that my work is a good fit for their company.  I am optimistic, optimistic but impatient, I really want people to read my work, to hear what they think, good or bad, every opinion.

I plan to keep this blog as a record of my thoughts and progress on my aim of becoming a published author, if you are reading it, I hope you’ll enjoy sharing this journey with me.