What an awesome rejection letter, I thought as the email was read. Words I never thought I would utter in the same sentence: awesome rejection letter.
In February of this year I attended a free writers conference. There I came across a publisher from NC. Soon after I got home I submitted a query letter to him. Within two weeks he requested the first three chapters. Doing so he asked for the entire MS. I was told it would take 4-6 weeks. It took longer. My poor friend Lisa saw how the waiting was making me nuts. I finally sent him a nudge letter after conferring with some people if it was okay to do so. He recently wrote me back.
He wrote thanking me for submitting the MS to his staff. He continued by saying that declining to continue with this MS was a very difficult call for him.
Mike then said there were a number of excellent quality about the text that the staff found appealing. My characters were clearly drawn out and the action was very vivid. He said a few other nice things. But he stated why they were turning me down at this point. He listed them.
After all was said and done the last paragraph I felt was really cool. He said if we have not completely offended you they hoped I would consider their publishing house in the future with other manuscripts I might have. Our judgment is that you have real potential as a children’s author.
Pretty freaken cool right?
I wrote him the email below.
First of all thank you for taking the time to read my MS. Instead of getting a regular rejection letter you gave me a well thought out letter. That means a lot to me. I am let down, yes, but am not offended. What I am is grateful for you gave me the points on where I can improve my MS. That is invaluable and again I thank you. I will go back to the drawing board and work on the points you laid out below and strengthen my story. Once I accomplish that will submit to publishers in hopes someone will take a chance on it.
It is nice to be encouraged to submit other projects to you. Can I be so bold and ask if it be possible for me to resubmit this MS once I work on it some more?
Thank you for the compliment at the end and the time and consideration you gave me.
He wrote they would be very glad to review Jasper again once I work on the suggestions. Again pretty freaken cool right?
Out of the three points, two I feel I can incorporate into my story. The last one I am not to sure have to think on it.
This has been a process.
1-First the book was written
2-It was submitted to my writers groups, book reviewers, a day care and my editor
3-Worked on my synopsis and query letter
4-Started to submit to various publishers in Feb. of this year.
5- I have received a variety of letters. Some have been form letter while others were not accepting submissions at this time. Some were overwhelmed with manuscripts.
6-The next step was a publisher saying I had potential. It came from a major publishing house.
7-This rejection letter was next saying I had potential and points on how to fix my MS
8-The step I am at now, working on the points.
All projects are being pushed to the side as I work on this.
Even if it goes no further with this publisher I am still stoked.
Can you tell?