Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Even Published Authors Get Rejections

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. :)


Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

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

Morgan Mandel said...

Maybe it's because whitewater river ranger is such a tongue twister. Good luck on finding a home for the manuscript.

Morgan Mandel

Bob Sanchez said...

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.


Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

I'm sorry. This economy is a bear. This past week some big law firms laid off a lot of people. It's scary.

Anonymous said...

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!

Picks by Pat said...

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.