Rejection

Friday, 18 January 2013

What a week. After a weekend of vomiting from Hunter, Scarlett started on Monday. And, of course, she has never stopped the diarrhea. Poor little Bug is so ill. We spent most of last night on the pediatric ward. Which means no sleep for me and loads more work. In fact, I realised today that I am about 6k words behind on my 100k in 100 Days challenge. Luckily I have ages to get caught up.

It has been a particularly bad week for my ego as well. Wednesday I found out that after all of that hard work, I did not get th about.com job. I am seriously depressed over that. I really need a second source of income (from home), so its back to looking for work I guess.

To top that off, the Intrigue editor emailed today to say they weren't interested in my book. You might think I'd be sad, but I'm not. I'm bewildered. It was the strangest rejection I've ever received. And not in a good way. I didn't expect much feedback, but she gave me nothing. At all. She told me it wasn't right for Intrigue, but not even a hint as to why. She then told me that just because it isn't right for Harlequin doesn't mean it isn't right for another publisher.

I am seriously wondering if I should ever submit anything to them. It was almost like she was turning me away from the whole house. I mean if my romantic suspense which I wrote according to their guidelines isn't right, will any of, my work be? Is my style or voice not right for Harlequin? I honestly don't know what to think.

Two rejections in one week and a very sick baby. It's time to pull out the whisky. And that's what I am going to do. I am also going to pull out my old Intrigue and my magical realism to have a play with it. Tonight seems like a night for notes and plotting. I'm not sure I'll submit to Harlequin again. I'm not ruling it out, but I think it's time to look at other options. Maybe.

So I'm off to write, sort of. Happy writing everyone!

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