22 April 2008

rejection #12: writecorner press

when it rains, it pours?

I didn't receive a rejection so much as a list of winners for this poetry contest...in which my name wasn't printed.

They invited me to enter their fiction contest, which bears a deadline of 30 April. I think I might enter...I have a story laying around that I need to touch-up that might be a great candidate.

rejection #11: Lyon's Literary

Thanks for writing, but this project isn't right for me. Best wishes for success.

Sincerely,
Jonathan Lyons
Lyons Literary LLC

I guess people just aren't interested in publishing a book about an American's Peace Corps experience in Ukraine. I'm getting pretty discouraged about this project....

onward?

13 April 2008

rejection # 10: Firebrand

Dear Lawrence Lawson,

Thank you for sharing your work with us. Unfortunately, it is not a good match for Firebrand and we will not be able to offer you representation (for Midnight Quit of Starlight).

I hope you excuse this form letter, but it is really only representative of our lack of time and not a lack of respect for your work. Please understand that there are many reasons why we must turn down potential clients. We look for material that immediately grabs our attentions and emotions, and that we believe will do well in the current publishing and bookselling market. But sometimes we even pass on well written, marketable projects simply because it is out of our realm of expertise and would be better represented by another agent with different taste or experience.

Thank you again for sharing your submission with us and we wish you the best of luck in your search for the right agent.

Sincerely,

Firebrand Literary

09 April 2008

rejection # 9: Lyons Literary

this was definitely the swiftest rejection i've received for my novel. under twelve hours. guess he really didn't like it.

Thanks for writing, but this isn't for me.

from Lyons Literary.

08 April 2008

rejection # 8: Liza Dawson Associates

this one was a mass email to about 35 different authors. nice one, liza.

Dear Author,

I'm sorry for this impersonal response but I wanted to get back to you
quickly. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm the ideal champion of your
manuscript. I'm not entirely convinced I'd be able to secure its
publication. Though I'm passing, I'm sure other agents will feel
differently and will know exactly to whom your work should go. Good
luck and thank you for thinking of me.

With best wishes,
Liza

am i the only one is this crazy world who thinks a book on Ukraine is not only relevant but marketable? maybe not everyone keeps up on Eastern European news.

rejection # 7: Penguin

Dear Mr. Lawson:

Thank you for submitting your proposal for Midnight Quit of Starlight to Ace and Roc Books at Penguin Group (USA). We always appreciate being given the opportunity to read new manuscripts, but in the current crowded market, we are afraid that this does not seem like a book that we could publish successfully.

We wish you the best of luck with other publishers, and thank you again for thinking of Penguin Group (USA).

Regrets and best wishes,

The Editors

Ace and Roc Books

Penguin Group (USA)


onward!