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06-03-2005, 06:18 AM
Just received letter from local arts press rejecting my YA fantasy novel. It made it to the second reading round, but now it's just a form letter saying how they get lots of manuscripts (I know, so what? is my current attitude) and obviously can't publish everything.

Ok, so I'm mature enough to accept that (no sniggers, please), but sympathy would help. I really wanted the local press to publish it.

However, I know the steps. I'm going to send it out to agents and select a publisher. I do have a second choice who were only second choice because of geographical distance.

It's a fun novel and will be accepted. It just needs to find the right home.

So, hi ho, hi ho, it's off to the post office we go.

Thanks for listening,


clara bow
06-03-2005, 06:54 AM
Well, congrats on making it to the second round! Persistance is key, they say. I've been shopping a YA fantasy around for almost a year now myself. Mere weeks after one agent rejected it for lack of a slot, another one wrote to request some material (even though the query had gone out six months earlier). These things take a lot of time, I guess.

Anyway, keep up the good work!

06-03-2005, 09:37 AM
Thanks, Clara. I hope the second agent sends a contract :)

06-03-2005, 05:26 PM
Second round and you're upset? Geez...I've had novels not even make it to the first round. In fact, I have at least one that I'm sure burst into flames before it even left the mailbox. I don't know about local press, but if I were you, I'd be stoked that it made it that far and go on the hunt for one of the big fish. There's a great deal happening in the YA genre right now, and there's nothing that says you can't ride that wave all the way to the beach. Buck up, little camper. Don't let this set you back.

06-04-2005, 06:33 AM

(Jackie passes the virtual chocolates.)

Go on, take one. Calories and carbs don't count when we get rejections.

Good luck on the agent query-go-round.

06-06-2005, 04:55 AM
Chocolates were delicious, and much appreciated. Thanks, Jackie.