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a really great rejection letter

Susannah Taylor from the Richard Henshaw Group just went right to the top of my desirable agents list.

Her rejection letter left me feeling invigorated and inspired and like I might actually be able to do this. Quite a feat, no? It makes me grateful that I was already so far along the rejection letters road when I got it, so that I could really appreciate it.

I won’t copy it in here, because I’m not quite sure about the copyright issues with that, but just the gist:

she gave a comprehensive critique of the piece and went very specifically into the reasons why she didn’t think she would be able to sell it on the market.

She was very encouraging about the writing itself, said she thought I was a “wonderful writer” and that she would like to see other things from me in the future (when you have a pile on your desk as big as the regular agent, you don’t go saying this unnecessarily).

When I replied to thank her, she replied to my reply, saying that nos are hard and it’s great to know her critique was read the way she intended it.

She has the amazing knack of making it feel like a great favour that I let her read my stuff. Again, considering how busy agents are and how many thousands of manuscripts they read and reply to, this is no mean feat.

And lastly, she represents Elizabeth Hoyt. If you’ve read any EH, this fact speaks for itself. If you haven’t, your life has a big EH hole in it, and you don’t even know it yet.

a piece of good news, to weigh against the bad

After being so vocal about my difficulties in dealing with rejection letters and such, I feel I should share this lovely piece of good news.

Back in March I entered the Valerie Parv Award 2010, one of the bigger Australian comps for unpublished romance manuscripts.

Just the other day I got a call from Kylie at RWAustralia. I honestly couldn’t say what it was about until she said: “Your manuscript has gone into the finals!”

For a moment or two I was just gonna go into the same normal cool response I give most things, like: “Oh, great, thanks!”

And then I thought – what the hell am I thinking! “That’s amazing news! Yay, how excitement!” and generally let myself be a total dag, which was fun.

Hey, it’s not often you get a phone call like that, ya know?

Then I posted it as my facebook status and my little bro sent me a message saying: OMG, call me NOW!

“There must be at least, like, ten thousand people who enter,” I said with great pride. “And I am in the top seven!

“Wow, that’s amazing,” he replied, and we spent the next few minutes more or less applauding my genius.

Ok, so it turns out there were probably more like 150 entrants, but it’s still exciting, right?

I got the judges’ comments back today for the preliminary round, and one even gave me a perfect score. How proud am I? Next it gets printed and shipped off to the desk of VP herself.

Still, it makes you think. I came 4th in preliminaries against 150 or so other entrants. Good agents get at least that many manuscripts on their desk every day. And they might take on 1 or 2 new clients a year for romance. Sigh.

Does this make me a glass-half-empty-er?

Doesnae matter. Right now I’ll drink that glass up in celebration of good news received.