The title of this post is I suppose a play on words (is that what I mean? I am so very sleep deprived.)
I got a rejection on ”For Love or Ratings” the full mss, which Super requested last year. But it wasn’t all bad – infact, considering a number of things and that it was my first ever full submission, I think it was rather Super!!!
Thanks but no thanks basically – the story doesn’t work for us! Then they listed all the things they are looking for – basically the guidelines on eharl and said that while my proposal contains some of these elements, it lacks others. I knew that!!! And am not at all surprised, semi-relieved in fact cos I think it has enough faults in it that I wouldn’t be able to resurrect it at the moment. If ever!
Here’s an extract:
”Despite an intriguing premise, the story suffers from inconsistent style and tone. Parts of the story appear to be a somewhat screwball comedy, while others rely heavily on psychological introspection. While the screwball aspect has potential, the execution doesn’t work. To be successful, the story would need several things. First, a facetious type of misunderstanding to tart it off – the instant attraction/hot sex we have here denies the story even this opening conflict! (fabulous point but why didn’t they pick it up in the partial and let me FIX IT??) Second, the writing needs to take a light and jaunty approach to the story, and avoid the psychological baggage that weighs this version down. Then, related to the second point, the psychological background with Declan’s mother and MAddie’s miscarriage would need to be taken out and replaced with a series of clashes and misunderstandings between them building up to a conflict climax. So, although the concept of the story has potential, the approach the writing takes needs to be reexaminded.”
And that was basically it!!!
I totally agree and I was fairly certain they’d reject me. I didn’t believe it was a GOOD ENOUGH book to be out there. And I never want a book that is just GOOD ENOUGH published. I want one that SPARKLES as unique!
I’m putting this one away for good – perhaps one day I’ll take elements from it, but overall I think this is a good thing. It was my first real attempt at category and I wasn’t actually targetting a particular line, especially not Super.
So, I’m forgetting about Super for a while and focusing on Modern Heat. At least until I hear from the editor on THAT sub and they say it’s not for them 🙂