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Matthew Off to TromaDance and a Disheartening Rejection

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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:





Writing Stuff:

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
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500/day
17
I'm feeling:
disappointed disappointed
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On January 26th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC), melindadansky commented:
So sorry to hear about the reject. Hang in there! It happens to everyone. If they're not the right publisher, they shouldn't have your book.
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On January 27th, 2005 06:57 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie. I appreciate the consolation and the encouragement.
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On January 26th, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC), desayunoencama commented:
Cricket Books is hardly publishing anything these days, it's barely extant as an imprint.
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On January 27th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC), dionycheaus replied:
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.
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On January 27th, 2005 07:03 am (UTC), eugie replied:
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.
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On January 27th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC), mroctober commented:
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).
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On January 27th, 2005 06:57 am (UTC), eugie replied:
I shall persevere. Just not today . . .
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On January 27th, 2005 06:16 am (UTC), amberdine commented:
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.
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On January 27th, 2005 07:00 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Hi and welcome aboard! Yepper. Hobkin's got plenty of cute and plenty of 'tude to go with it.
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On January 27th, 2005 11:22 am (UTC), faerie_writer commented:
Oh, Eugie, I am so sorry about your 'Cricket' rejection. But don't you give up. You send that manuscript out right away and multiple submit this time.

~Maggie
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On January 27th, 2005 12:15 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, Maggie. I definitely will. It's already packaged up for three other publishers, ready to go.
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On January 27th, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC), ogre_san commented:
Sometimes nice rejections are the hardest to take. Sympathies.
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On January 28th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC), eugie replied:
You said it. Thanks.
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On January 27th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC), dr_pipe commented:
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.
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On January 28th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC), eugie replied:
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.
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