Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
- Napoleon

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Dang it.

Well, the one publisher I'd submitted anything to has rejected the book. It was a good rejection (if that isn't an oxymoron) and the editor seems like one of the good guys. I'm posting the rejection letter below, and in keeping with my policy, I'm redacting all the pertinent contact info so the publisher can't be identified.

Dear :my real first name::
Thank you for your patience. We have completed our review of the sample chapters from your novel :title: and I'm sorry to tell you that we do not feel it is what we are looking for at :publisher:. Our selection process requires that all three readers recommend a given work and your novel did not receive the necessary unanimous vote. I think, from what I read, that there is a market for your book and I hope you'll persevere. Target publishers who have published similar work and you'll likely find the right home for it. Thank you for thinking of :publisher: and I wish you all success with your writing.
:editor's first name:

'Not unanimous for' certainly has to be better than 'unanimous against'. Right? Better success with the next submission.



Tia said...

It seems encouraging. Submit it elsewhere!

B.E. Sanderson said...

Oh, definitely. While I was waiting for a response to the partial they requested, I decided to let my CP slice and dice at it. I'm in the process of doing another polish and tweak, then it's off to a new round of submissions. =oD

liz fenwick said...

Not a bad send off. You're obviously close. Keep trying:-)