Drove Matthew to the airport this afternoon. Snapped a picture of Matthew and Hobkin napping together to cheer me up until Matthew gets back:
I think Hobkin's beginning to feel the stirrings of Spring Fever. He's been extra frisky. And yesterday he was intent upon wrestling my arm into submission. While my obstreperous limb was being thrashed, I took a picture of the fierce mêlée. I think Hobkin was offended by the flash. Or maybe it was my giggling.
After the excitement, Hobkin was all tuckered out, of course, and crashed on Matthew's lap:
Received a "I sincerely regret that we are unable to accept . . ." pass on my middle-grade novel from Cricket Books. It was very encouraging, as rejections go, with lots of praise and suggestions for other markets, but still, this one hit me really hard. I had high hopes for placing it with them.
Received the edits for "The King of Rabbits and Moon Lake" in the same envelope as the rejection. Will look them over after I indulge in some chocolate therapy.
Words: 100. Too disheartened to crank out more. Did the bare minimum and called it quits.
Club 100 for Writers
if that's the case, you shouldn't feel terribly bad about this--disappointed is alright, because they're probably not devoting a ton of energy to their kids division right now, which is disappointing. But that probably means their kids' novels aren't coming out with big splashes. And your first published novel should be a splash. Just because you're an awesome writer and you deserve it. Just have faith that better things are out there for you.
Thanks. I've just got such a good relationship with the Cricket editors, I figured it was my best shot with a mainstream publisher to get a foot in the book publishing world door. I suspect it'll be harder to get that sort of serious consideration at publishing houses who haven't heard of me or bought my stuff in the past. Sigh.
Sorry bout the rejection. Hang in there with the novel. I am now only coming to the end of a long period with a book I started writing back in 97. It may have finally found a home (one far less grand than I originally dreamed of, but well, these things happen).
Hobkin is so cute! I sort of randomly/mistakenly wound up here (hi) and saw the picture and wondered "What is that creature?"
Then I saw the journal name, and remembered some talk on sffnet about the new Tangent Online editor and her skunk... and it all made sense.
Such a cutie. I want one.
This the novel you just recently started talking about writing? Are you done with it already, or was this submission a querry or first couple of chapters kind of thing?
I'd be nervous about signing up to publish a novel I hadn't finished yet, at least for the first one. Don't like deadlines... though they do motivate me do work more, so they're not entirely bad.
This the novel you just recently started talking about writing?
No, no. This is a middle-grade book I completed last year in March. It was a requested full manuscript (after sending a query + 3 chapters). I'm really not at a point in my career where I can pitch an unfinished novel and expect it to be picked up.