A Lot Has Happened Nothing Has Changed

A lot has happened.

• Expecting a  final PDF of my novel The Summer Palace  to approve

• Waiting to receive the cover and jacket copy to approve

• News about my recent submissions

• My latest endeavors

Nothing has changed.

I still wait to sign-off on my novel and get it into publication. I found more errors in the final PDF copy I was expected to sign-off on two weeks ago. Unfortunately, I found several glaring errors and inconsistencies that I choose to fix. When a publisher takes on a first time author, there should be some understanding of typical errors we make. Like, expecting someone else to painfully go through the MS and miraculously find the errors hidden in-between miles of text. When I received that final PDF copy I decided to do what I should have done during the first edit. I read the book backwards. I’m sure there are more errors, they seem to be eternal, but I found some that would have made me cry if the book was printed that way. Not sure what to do at this late stage I went back to the Word Doc and effected the changes and sent it back to my publisher. Four days later I found out that I had to make the changes to their file which they sent and I made the changes and sent it back the next day. That was a week ago and I still wait. So in that regard nothing has changed.

I was supposed to hear from the Marketing and Promotion departments but haven’t. Today I sent out an appeal to someone who could take up my cause. I did receive a publication date and a promise for advance copies by November 22, 2017 but since I haven’t signed off on the project I’m getting concerned about that date being feasible. A lot has happened but still, nothing has changed.

My back-up plans: The Tea Room was rejected and the query and sample pages that was picked up on The Places You Will Be From was rejected after sending in fifty pages. Nothing has changed there either. Rejection is  tough. It makes you wonder. What was so enticing to the agent about the three sample pages and the query to inspire the agent to ask for a partial MS, and what was so uninspiring about the rest to reject it? Am I getting better writing queries and opening pages, while the rest of the story remains a bore? Something about the storyline and characters that didn’t go in the right direction and was distasteful to the agent? Bad hair day? Not likely.

What was my reaction? I’m actively looking for a Critique Partner for the Tea Room. I still love the story and see merit in its telling. I have joined one writers’ group and I’m planning to drop in on a local chapter of the Fiction Writers Club and see what they’re all about in my quest for a CP.

After my disappointing rejection of Places You Will Be From. I sent out eight queries, after two days of self-pity, and received two auto replies and a rejection in my inbox one day later. That was ten days ago and I can expect to wait another three months (hearing nothing) to expect that—it was a no. Strange to say, but the almost automatic rejection from one agency was almost welcomed so I can move on—a rejection in hand is better than two in the bush (it goes something like that).

A lot has happened, yet nothing has changed. I still haven’t given up.

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