Sometimes proposals from unpublished authors are like disappointing sale ads. I read the summary and first three chapters and they sound great, so I request the full manuscript, only to find that the whole book just isn’t what I hoped for. Maybe the quality of writing past chapter 3 is poor, or the plot weakens, or the story really isn’t Heartsong appropriate. Whatever the case, I always feel extra bad rejecting a full manuscript. I’m sure I’ve gotten the author’s hopes up high and that rejection hurts even worse. And unfortunately, I don’t have the time to give a specific critique. But unpublished authors who get asked for full manuscripts should take heart and be glad they even made it to “Round 2.” Be encouraged if your proposal shines brightly enough for an editor to want to see more. You’re obviously doing something right! Just keep learning, writing, and submitting, and don’t give up. And please know that this editor truly feels bad for raising hopes and then dashing them. :(
Who else out there likes to go garage sale-ing? What’s the best deal you’ve ever found?
Here's a picture of Jodi in a baby doll bed that was a garage sale find from Nana. Jodi loves it, though she's clearly not thrilled about being in it. :)