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I need to lick my wounds

Another rejection. With some reasonably nice commentary, most of which boils down to it's lame, amateurish, and I suck.

*heavy sigh*

I'm not sure where to go from here. I've already sent to all the best prospects I had.

*pets cat*

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ljs
Jan. 7th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, no. [hugs you] I send good thoughts, regardless of today's setback.
wildrider
Jan. 8th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
I'll get over it and move on, but of course the immediate reaction is "WAAAAH!"

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wildrider
Jan. 8th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
I don't think it's polished enough; and if "Ring of Fire" isn't polished enough, then I doubt sincerely the untitled book 2 would be any better...
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wildrider
Jan. 8th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
I could do that. But I think I want to read through it myself and see where the sloppy parts are, and then I'll forward it to you.

I did some serious work on book two, but I haven't touched it in a while.
nutmeg3
Jan. 8th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear it. But there are always more agent prospects, and the e-pubs are always out there, too. One day you'll connect with the right person. Meanwhile, have a cookie. I find that always helps.
wildrider
Jan. 8th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
I just need to know where to go. But in the meantime, I'll do some more polishing. I was told my universe is too "black-and-white," and since I don't see that, I'm going to have to do some pondering...

Thanks for the cookie.

shipperx
Jan. 8th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
According to Stephen King, getting commentary with a rejection is one step closer to being accepted. View it as a stepping stone toward your goal.
wildrider
Jan. 8th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
My boss always cites Stephen King's many initial failures to me, too. I'll keep on truckin'.

cornerofmadness
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
gah, sorry
wildrider
Jan. 8th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
doll_paparazzi
Jan. 8th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
I thought it took JK Rowling like 7 years to get published and many MANY rejections.

Maybe you need to really rewrite that book of yours and really cut the stuffing out of it? Or, just let it sit and work on a brand new project. You worked on it, you learned and now it's time for something new. I wouldn't let it get you down. It's all a learning experience to make you stronger.
wildrider
Jan. 8th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
I know, I know! It'll be five years this year, and three since it won that award. How one cannot rest on the laurels, eh?

Of course, this is the finished manuscript that DID get the stuffin's cut out of it. Maybe I should put some stuff back...

sillymagpie
Jan. 8th, 2008 08:32 am (UTC)
Somehow, methinks that's not exactly what they said. Put it aside for a while before handling it. (((hugs)))
wildrider
Jan. 8th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
Well, remember I said when I looked at the manuscript again that there were a number of mistakes I'd missed? The agent saw them. *sigh* Okay, it wasn't QUITE that bad, but every little barb!!!

I'll recover... eventually.

tiirz
Jan. 12th, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
I think Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has commented that she still has her first three novels sitting in a drawer unpublished. And Bujold didn't get Shards of Honor, which was written first, published until after Warrior's Aprentice made Miles a hot property, so keep trucking!

I never did get get to read your novel, since the computer it was on died before I got far. Damn, I've been through a lot of computers in the last few years! :(
wildrider
Jan. 12th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Well, it's been changed considerably since that early edition, anyway, so any time you'd like to try again, I'm willing! (Of course, as I told Kehf, I need to make sure this version is CLEAN, unlike the one I sent out... argh.)

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