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Query rejection letters: Nuggets of gold

 

 

Yes, another post about query letters. This one concerns the letters you might get.

Anytime a publisher replies, even if it is a rejection letter, and they give you something to work with pay attention to what they are saying. These are nuggets of gold as I call it. Be appreciative of the time they took to write you back. With all the letters they get this is not a luxury they have, time.

If any gives you any positive reinforcement be appreciate of that as well for the same reason. You can build off of this knowing you are heading in the right direction.

I submitted Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rainforest Adventure to quite a few publishers. I had one in the state reply to me. He stated that while he was saying no he gave me three points of what he felt I should do to make my manuscript stronger. Three. I was over the moon and floored. He was objective where I could not be. Plus he saw things my writer groups had missed. He didn’t have to tell me anything. He didn’t even have to reply. But he did.

I took the suggestions to heart and applied what he suggested immediately.. After having my editor fix the changes I added I resubmitted the book. Two publishers later someone accepted my query letter. That is how my first book was published by a traditional publishing house.

I was stoked. I was soooo stocked. I even included him in my acknowledgments of the book.

Again, I go back to authors who submit and give up easily. They also tend to not take a response with tips seriously. But they should. I have had publishers give me encouragements, give me points of what I was doing right and with my first book the lane to turn into to having it published.

If you are fortunate to get a positive reply from a publishing house, regardless if it is a rejection letter, pay attention. It may be the step you need to achieving the goal you are reaching for.

Secondary characters: Are you giving them the time they deserve?

Secondary characters are important in a story- any story. With them they help move the story along, they help your main character which can be good or bad and they make your story well rounded. They help reveal details, can motivate the main character and interact with the antagonist even if it is them.

A lot of people think it is all about the antagonist and protagonist. But we can’t be remiss about the other guys. The ones who are basically side kicks to our superheros of the novel.

Treating them like well second class citizens does them, your main character and your book a disservice.

I have read books where I preferred the secondary character so much more than anyone else. Just like a tv show or a movie where you prefer the supporting cast much more.

They help open up dynamics to your story line and possibilities that you would not get with just a single character. Unless you are writing a book where a person is all by themselves

Don’t let your book down by ignoring this important part of a novel. By doing so your book will be one dimensional. And unless you are writing a one character book your novel will have a strong shot at going nowhere.

My computer and printer are females

I believe my computer and printer are both female. Yes, I know. But give me a few minutes to explain why.

Whenever my computer acts up, in any and all way, I end up being frustrated or ticked off. Afterwards I will go over the things I have learned on how to fix a computer. I have an amazing computer talented person in this house to help me. But I always give it a try just in case it is something small that I can figure out to not feel stupid when he fixes it and it is something small.

When that fails I ask for help. And it never fails to amaze me how he will sit down at my desktop and just figure it out and sometimes quickly. Grateful? Yes. Annoyed? Yes.

For example I have problems with my printer. It doesn’t always print when I ask it to. Sometimes it takes minutes and sometimes it never even prints unless I turn it off and on a number of times. My talented one will sit in my chair print a random page and viola it prints to which I get the look.

My computer one day kept shutting off or freezing up. I rebooted, That didn’t solve it. I updated the software and all that. Nothing. I searched online, which is such a terrible idea for this subject matter, and still nothing.

He either haa the magic touch, and with computers he does, or my computer and printer are frankly and obviously females. It won’t work for me but always works for him.

Ugh.