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Jenny
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PostSubject: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyTue Jan 29, 2008 12:22 pm

My latest WIP had been doing the rounds of agents and publishers since late autumn last year. So far I've had three requests for full manuscripts from e-book publishers and one from a New York Agent.

While it goes without saying that I'd love to see my book in print, and on the shelves of my local bookstore, I would quite happily settle for an e-book version with the option of print further down the line.

For once, it looks as if I've done something right or should that be write? Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyTue Jan 29, 2008 12:44 pm

Hi Jenny,

Good luck with the agent. You have worked hard and you deserve this. My manuscript was requested by an e-book/print book publisher last spring but it was rejected after three months. Even then, I had to ask for a decision to be made. I'm not disappointed because I have done a great deal of work on the novel since then. It actually feels good to be in complete control and, although the hard work on the manuscript isn't finished yet, (I'm still not satisfied!) it will be soon!

I wish you luck with this, and I very much hope you have got it write this time! Typo intended! LOL! Laughing

~Shelagh

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Jenny
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyTue Jan 29, 2008 2:16 pm

Hi Shelagh,

One thing I've learned is not to give up. This manuscript has had its share of rejections. I listened to what the Agents said, went back and read it again, and made some changes. There are probably still things that I could change, improve on, but I think you reach a point where you have to say "enough" and move on to the next project.

I'm sure there's an agent/publisher out there for you too, Shelagh. Don't just target agents in here in the UK - stretch the envelope, and look overseas - you never know, you might strike gold!

Good luck.

Jenny
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George Maciver
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyTue Jan 29, 2008 3:35 pm

Hi Jenny, the fact that agents actually said something constructive in their rejection letters and didn't just send you back a form rejection slip is about as high an indication that they think you're publishable material and on the right road as you can get. Take great heart from that!

George
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyWed Jan 30, 2008 12:49 am

It does sound promising, Jenny. George is very right about being glad it's not just a standard form letter rejection slip.
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyWed Jan 30, 2008 3:11 pm

Good luck, Jenny.

I sold four books to small publishers before I got my agent. Even with my agent I still sell whatever he doesn't want to small presses who are more flexible.
Never give up.
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptySat Feb 02, 2008 10:25 pm

I'm thinking of changing my name to Stephen King. Then maybe an agent will to anxious to talk to me. LOL
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zadaconnaway
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptySat Feb 02, 2008 10:31 pm

Now, there's an idea! Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptySun Feb 03, 2008 12:34 am

paidradelayno wrote:
I'm thinking of changing my name to Stephen King. Then maybe an agent will to anxious to talk to me. LOL

Hi Paidra,

Welcome to the forum! Maybe I should change mine J.K something or other! LOL!

~Shelagh

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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyWed Feb 06, 2008 7:33 am

what if all the writers got together and changed their names to the same one. then the poor agents might actually have to read the queries that come in.
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Jenny
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyThu Feb 07, 2008 6:04 am

In that case, can I be Elizabeth Lowell? Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyTue Feb 26, 2008 10:04 am

Just to bring everyone up to speed. My current WIP is with 3 e-book publishers, and one agent. I've just had another request for a partial from a second agent! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyTue Feb 26, 2008 10:32 am

Congratulations Jenny! One of these days that offer will come. Good luck! Very Happy

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Jenny
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyTue Feb 26, 2008 10:37 am

Hi Shelagh,

Thanks for your good wishes. I'd be happy if the agents only asked for the full manuscript - at least I'd know I was doing something right!! But to snag one of them would be the icing on the cake!! Cross your fingers for me.
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Abe F. March
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyTue Feb 26, 2008 12:50 pm

Seems things are happening.
I wrote a children's story in 1976. I even had a song written to accompany it. I tried to find a publisher but no interest. Just last year I gave it to my daughter to see if she could do something with it but nothing happened. Then just this past month I sent an inquiry to an agent and got a bite. The Agent wants to handle it with a traditional publisher. I can't believe it. It took more than 30 years to get this far.

Now with my current manuscript, if I have to wait 30 years, I'm not sure I would know what an Agent did or was.
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyTue Feb 26, 2008 12:54 pm

Congraulations Abe. I hope all works out for you.

If I have to wait 30 years, I doubt if I'll even know what my name is by then!! lol!
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Abe F. March wrote:
Seems things are happening.
I wrote a children's story in 1976. I even had a song written to accompany it. I tried to find a publisher but no interest. Just last year I gave it to my daughter to see if she could do something with it but nothing happened. Then just this past month I sent an inquiry to an agent and got a bite. The Agent wants to handle it with a traditional publisher. I can't believe it. It took more than 30 years to get this far.

Now with my current manuscript, if I have to wait 30 years, I'm not sure I would know what an Agent did or was.

Congratulations Abe! Don't worry, you will be just lovely when you're 99! I should know, I'm a hundred! LOL! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyTue Feb 26, 2008 1:37 pm

Wow Abe, if that doesn't show how persistence pays off, nothing will! Good for you for sticking with it - Good news or what 588578 Good news or what 846271
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyTue Feb 26, 2008 11:20 pm

Shelagh,
You are invited to my birthday party in 30 years. I am scheduling it for February 30th, 2038.
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I'll be there. Wouldn't that be fun! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyWed Feb 27, 2008 3:02 am

I'm up to seven rejections for Lawless Jusitce. I have another 3 submssions out there.

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Jenny
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyWed Feb 27, 2008 3:07 am

Hang in there Karina - my current manuscript had a lot more than that before agents and e-book publishers started taking an interest.
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptyWed Feb 27, 2008 7:35 am

What great news, Abe and Jenny. Congratulations! Can't wait to hear the latest.
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Jenny
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptySat May 10, 2008 11:58 am

I recevied another rejection today - this time from Crichton & Associates. This is what they had to say

"Chasing the Sandpiper is a delightful story. You have an excellent voice. I have decided to pass on this project, however, as I am unable to give it the attention it deserves at this time."

This is the fourth time an agent has made a postive comment and expressed interest in the manuscript. It makes me wonder what I have to do to finally secure representation!
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PostSubject: Re: Good news or what   Good news or what EmptySat May 10, 2008 5:17 pm

Jenny I think I'd be inclined to pick up the phone and ask them--one of those "in follow up to your letter, would you kindly clarify the statement in your letter. I am absolutely committed to finding a reutable puclisher for this work, and if you have any suggesions for me, I'd really appreciate it..." or something like that. Amazing things happen with a phone call in this age of relentless emails, even if you have to simply leave a voicemail.

Go for it. I've got your back. (As I'm sure many of your other forum pals do!). :pirat:
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