Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Does Anybody Have Any Chocolate?

This is supposed to be a recipe post, but it says something about the strength of the bonds formed via blogging that I've decided instead to share some news here, first, instead.

I just heard from Covenant Books . . . .

And they are NOT going to further consider my book.

The first time this happened, a couple of years ago, I wasn't really surprised. I thought my first finished novel had its strengths, but not very publishable, as there is just too much stuff in that genre. This one, however, was the right idea at the right time. I have a feeling that if this book doesn't go anywhere , then I probably don't have one in me that will ever go anywhere.

Let's just say it is a perfect finish to the mood I've had hanging around off and on for the last couple of weeks. Still, tomorrow is another day, and the writing compulsion will come again and tap at the corners of my brain until I have to answer. And, as I've told Plantboy many times, I'm not writing for money or fame or even influence. . . .I write for me. The stories and thoughts build up until I'm sure I'll begin talking to myself if I don't get them out.

12 comments:

Doreen said...

Well, I didn't even realize you had submitted one. Good for you! Sorry it got turned down. Maybe you should team up with Miranda and sign up for the November novel writing thing...

I'd give you some chocolate, but I don't have any at my house. Unless you count the chocolate chips in the freezer. Would some hot chocolate do the job? :o)

FoxyJ said...

Bummer. I have fresh-baked pumpkin muffins, if you feel like driving to Seattle tonight :) There must be something in the air, because the last few weeks have been kind of yucky around here too...

amyjane said...

That's too bad! I want to read it, if that's worth anything! We've been having a few weeks around here too. Lots of heavy stuff weighing on everyone's minds. I actually have a whole bag of Dove chocolates that my husband brought home to try and shake me out of my funk. I wish you were here to share.

Desmama said...

I'm sorry it didn't work out. If they had asked me to eval it . . . but I couldn't have anyway--at least not objectively. ;) And I meant it when I said I know you'll be published someday. It'll all come together someday, and I know that.

Kimberly Bluestocking said...

The phrase "genius unappreciated in its own time" sounds so romantic until YOU'RE the genius. :)

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Maybe if you take a step back from your baby [and don't we all consider our writing to be like our babies?] and come back to it later, you'll see it through different eyes and can improve on what you already have. I have a published friend that just trashed the entire young adult novel she was working on because she didn't like the way it was turning out. She fully intends to breathe new life into the project at a later date though.

Know what would be fun? Go to one of these cheapie sites and self-publish your book. Give it away as Christmas gifts. Autograph the heck out of the front page. It's good practice for future book signings.

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Here's a website I've been looking at to publish some of my blog posts.

Blurb

You should e-mail me. I want to ask you something.
elasticwaistbandlady@yahoo.com

Five Froggies said...

Don't give up! If it's the ones I read last year, they are keepers. I sat at my computer for hours at a time reading them. Very nice! Kept my mind off the morning sickness! I can't remember which one was the older/newer, but I liked them. I really think you'll get a book out there someday.

And of course you amaze me by writing it in the first place...then by putting yourself out there to take the potential rejection.

Mmmm, chocolate. I could go for some. Sick babies.

Science Teacher Mommy said...

Kim Blue--I almost got as good a laugh thinking about myself as an unappeciated genius as I did when a random lady sat by me at church Sunday and said, "Hey, do you play the violin?"

Uh . . No.

EWL--I will email. There is something I need to talk to you about anyway. And you are right about looking at it again with new eyes. Even last night I pulled it out and began reading it. The publisher I went to only asks the first three chapters for submission and I think my narrative doesn't pick up really good until chapters four or five. I'm going to revisit. I'll probably look at another publisher or two (sorry, Desmama) and may print up a copy for me mum for Christmas.

Thanks for the support girls. This too shall pass.

Girly Momma said...

i didn't know you wrote a book. sorry it didn't go anywhere. i'm impressed that you did this!

Nemesis said...

I know I'm late to the party, but I'm really sorry. And I absolutely admire the fact that you are writing and that you're sending your stuff out!

Jamamma said...

Way to go in submitting again. I think you're great and I'd love to read it. I still think about your first one. I loved it. Thanks for letting me read it. Your blog is awesome. I haven't been on in forever, but I'm back in the blogging world. Good to see what you're up to. Don't give up. I think you're very talented. Not that my opinion publishes novels, but I wanted you to know.