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Jenny
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What concerns me is that this agent hasn't even seen the whole manuscript - just the first fifty pages. What if I send the 10 copies and she then asks me to make more revisions? Do I then send her another 10 copies? I could end up bankrupt on paying out postage alone!
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Jenny
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PostSubject: Re: What would you do in my shoes   What would you do in my shoes - Page 2 EmptySun Mar 02, 2008 3:55 am

Yesterday evening I started submitting queries once more. To my surprise there was a reply in my Inbox this morning from Helen Breitwieser asking for the frist three chapters and a synopsis.

Cross your fingers guys and girls that this one works out!
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zadaconnaway
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Sounds very promising, Jenny! I have my fingers toes and eyes crossed for you!
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Jenny
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PostSubject: Re: What would you do in my shoes   What would you do in my shoes - Page 2 EmptySun Mar 02, 2008 7:01 am

Thanks Zada. I must admit that I felt rather down yesterday after receiving Mary Seymour's response. But today has made up for it!
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Wonderful news Jenny! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Great news Jenny! Fingers and eyes and toes are crossed for you!What would you do in my shoes - Page 2 1
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Jenny
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PostSubject: Re: What would you do in my shoes   What would you do in my shoes - Page 2 EmptyTue Mar 04, 2008 5:25 am

I heard back from Helen Breitweiser today... this was her response:

Thank for for sending the three chapters and the synopsis to your romantic suspense novel CHASING THE SANDPIPER. While the writing is strong and I liked the characters, I felt the first chapter started abruptly, and then the next two chapters moved too leisurely. The uneven pacing kept me from entering into the world of the story.

This is such a subjective business, I'm sure another agent will have a different opinion, as the writing is quite good and the setting is fascinating.


This contradicts what MarySeymour said, so now I'm confused. Do I go back to the drawing board and re-write the first chapter yet again, or do I hang in theire and keep on submitting? As Ms Breitweiser said, this is only her opinion and another agent might think differently.
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PostSubject: Re: What would you do in my shoes   What would you do in my shoes - Page 2 EmptyTue Mar 04, 2008 6:44 am

Jenny,

I don't know how far along you are with The Power of Persuasion, but I guess you have read enough to get a feel for my writing and will be able to judge whether or not the story would be strong enough to interest an agent.

I was in the same situation as you last summer. I sent my manuscript to Leanne Burroughs at Highland Press and she kept the manuscript for close to four months and then turned it down. I knew it wouldn't fit her list and I said as much when I sent the synopsis. She requested the full manuscript and I sent it (not my mail but by email).

After she said she was going to pass on TPoP, (and that's all she said, "I think I'll pass on The Power of Persuasion") I didn't know what to do.

By accident (me googling as usual!) I stumbled upon youwriteon.com. I joined the site and added just over 6,000 words from the book. I didn't want to enter into the competitive side of the site but I did want blind, honest reviews. The responses I received suggested that there are readers out there, who would enjoy reading the book, so I decided to self-publish.

You could do the same thing. Within a month, you will receive all the feedback you need about the opening chapters. Here's a link to the site:

http://youwriteon.com/

You could contact Leanne too. She would interested in anything set in Scotland:

http://www.highlandpress.org/

You can mention me. It won't help you, but it won't hinder you either! LOL!

~Shelagh

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Jenny
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Hi Shelagh,

I've taken your advice and emailed a query to Leanne at Highland Press.
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Excellent! I hope you have more success than me!

In the meantime, it wouldn't hurt to put the opening chapters on youwriteon. The standard there is very high and the members are extremely helpful. All the reviews are blind and you will receive honest feedback. Some of the reviewers post their email so you can contact them for further advice.

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