Recently I heard a report that one of the National Parks (not important which one) had to officially ban selfies with bears. When I was growing up the warning was don’t poke a sleeping bear.
Well I did just that.
Five months ago, I fed eleven bears my novel Forty Times Platinum for their long summer nap. A couple said, “Thank you, but no, Thank you” right away. While the rest snuggled it close, dreaming of weekends at the Hamptons and Booze Cruises to Fire Island.
Well it was time to poke some bears. And boy, were they grouchy.
In the past two weeks, I’ve received three rejections 🙁
But what’s so interesting, is the positive way they two of them wrapped it:
“it’s clear that Deborah is a talented writer. Her prose is fun and engaging”
I’d read somewhere talent stands out. And I do keep hearing how fun the book is. Guess readers don’t want fun these days. “Fun doesn’t sell,” I can hear a publishing marketing exec say, when having to explain declining book sales.
This one gave me chills:
“I enjoyed getting a peek into the music industry and observing a gorgeous, talented rock star up close and personal. Who doesn’t have a fantasy about a rock star!? It’s fascinating what goes on in both creating the music and in the behind-the-scenes world and watching Jen and Jamie create amazing music together and dance ever closer together was great fun. I liked that Jen was in such a powerful position and I liked the chemistry between them.”
It was “me” the editor didn’t like, apparently. She didn’t “love” my voice. I am behind Jen and Jamie, who you loved!
But, that’s still only a total of 6 rejections out of 11. We still need to hear from 5 more in the top tier, and then we move on to Small Press or Indie publishers.
Please keep the support coming. Editors think readers only want Fifty Shades or Hunger Games.
Books aren’t Life Partners or even wedding dresses. And there’s a reason there are multiple genres available. Not everyone wants porn or post-apocalypse fantasies.
Sometimes girls (and boys- Dennis and Uncle Jack!) just wanna have ‘fun’.
Oh and please no selfies with bears.