My literary agent is still trying to place my whitewater river ranger mystery series with publishers, but given the current economic climate, it's been a very tough uphill climb. We just received a rejection from one editor who said:
"There’s a lot of good writing here but unfortunately given the economic climate that we are faced with I fear that this book would fall into mid-list hell."
A few weeks ago, another editor said:
"The concept for this series is fabulous and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the manuscript. Unfortunately, however, I'm going to pass."
When you are SOOOO close, the rejections seem to hurt even more. I have faith that the series will find a home, though, eventually. I had so much fun writing the first one, and I'm looking forward to writing more. This character is just itching to find another dead body. :)
Rejections are depressing regardless of your writing experience. But, it does sound like you are close to finding a home for the manuscript. I wish you luck.
Jane Kennedy Sutton
Author of The Ride
Maybe it's because whitewater river ranger is such a tongue twister. Good luck on finding a home for the manuscript.
Mid-list hell? What does that mean? What is wrong with having a mid-list title? I think that agent gave a most unhelpful reply—but then most agents don't reply with any kind of personal note.
Hang in there, Beth. It sounds like you have a good project.
I'm sorry. This economy is a bear. This past week some big law firms laid off a lot of people. It's scary.
Eeesh. Brooke is right - the economy is a bear. And while some days you eat the bear, the other days the bear eats you. Good luck, I'm sure your story will find a home somewhere soon!
Good luck with this series. It sounds like you are going to get published if sheer determination is your guide. Just a matter of time.
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