Feeling Vulnerable

It was no fun reading over the weekend about all the rejections I received from print publishers when I tried to sell Attracting Jack five or six years ago. And yet, I’ve done it again. Sent out my baby. To an epbublisher this time. I’m hoping that I fixed the problems with the book and also that an epubber will be more accepting of the characters, who aren’t the type you usually see in romance novels.

My friend Martha liked it (actually she said she “loved it” and that it made her laugh and stay up late reading!!) and Martha reads a book a day. This gave me the courage to go ahead, but after having clicked “send” I’m feeling kind of tender.

It’s been a long time since I had to submit something myself (my agent offered to do it, but she gave me the option of submitting myself and I decided to do it that way) and over a year since my last heartbreaking rejection, which I didn’t even really talk about in the blog, that’s how bad it hurt. I just alluded to it. But what happened was, Sugar Shack almost got sold. My agent called convinced it was a sale, that’s how close we came.

An editor of a prominent publisher loved it and took it into a meeting with other editors and marketing people and it got voted down. When my agent called to tell me, it was such a blow that I couldn’t even write about. Couldn’t write anything at all for days. So today I’m remembering that feeling and hoping I did the right thing by hitting “send.” Still, right or wrong, it’s done.

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  1. I think it’s important to remember that publishers are businesses, making business decisions, and that a rejection is not necessarily indicative of the quality of the work itself. It is certainly disappointing when something doesn’t come together but try to look at it as a logistics issue – your book might not be a good fit for that particular publisher (and vice versa). I remember listening to a podcast interview with Maralys Wills and she talks about her experiences with writing and getting published, and being rejected. For one particular book she got a lot of letters from editors saying they loved the book but couldn’t convince the rest of their department, or that it wasn’t something they normally represented. Sometimes you’ve got to just push ahead and keep trying. And take whatever you’re feeling and give it a creative outlet.


  2. Oh, Cindy, I am wishing you luck, crossing my fingers, sending up prayers to the book gods for you. Please keep us posted. And good on YOU for having the courage to forge ahead on your own!


  3. Dang, Cindy, to come so close and then not quite get there! You’re so courageous in submitting stuff. Rejection is so so hard. I really salute you in continuing to be brave and have faith in yourself. Look at me–I don’t even submit stuff. Whew. Good onya, girl.


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