A Writing Contest Tale

This past December, I came across a writing contest run by a local independent publishing company. The contest was open to all fiction. Contestants were to send in their first 15 pages, no query or logline required. The pages were to be anonymous, but the email cover letter needed to have contact information.

The judges would pick their favorites from the initial round, contact the contestants to send in full manuscripts, and they’d announce the top 3 winners in March.

The prizes? Free publishing contracts with the company, worth $1500.00 plus benefits.

I sent in Ms. Bossy. The book that won’t let me move on.

Ms. Bossy -- the book that won't let me go

As it’s finished and just hovering in my workspace, I figured why not? I sent the first 15 pages through cyberspace. I waited. And hoped. I spent the entire month of January thinking about what I’d do if I won. I visualized myself getting the big call letting me know they picked my book.

Weeks passed without a word from the press. By mid-February, I felt deflated. I figured the contestants had been contacted by that point, and I had to face the fact the judges didn’t like my first 15 pages. I think, more than anything, that bothered me the most. Winning the contest itself would have been wonderful – but to know that not even the opening chapters elicited interest was demoralizing.

On March 1, I received an email announcing the 3 winners of the contest. I don’t know any of the writers; I’m sure they all deserve the honor and I’m happy for them. Maybe they’re writers who can’t get past those slush piles in New York. These writers may have been struggling as much as I have, and finally, they’ve been recognized for their efforts.

For days, I moped. I still couldn’t get past the fact my first 15 pages didn’t entice the judges. That meant my opening chapters didn’t hit the mark. It meant my book wasn’t ready. The thought of putting that book away forever sat in the pit of my stomach.

The other day, I received an email from the host of the contest:

Dear Contestant,

Thank you for entering our novel writing contest!  At this time, we’d like you to send us the whole manuscript, as a Word document. We will be announcing the winners on March 1st, so stay tuned!

I had to re-read the email several times. It was way past March 1, and they’d already announced the winners. What was this about?

I emailed right back, asking for clarification.

Here is the host’s response:

Wow, Kate, I don’t even know how that could happen. That email was sent the first week of January. Seriously. I can’t even pretend to tell you how that works, and I’m very sorry you didn’t have a chance to have your full novel in the running. We had over 100 submissions, and asked to see the full manuscript for half of them. We did not track down those who didn’t respond, because we had so much reading to do.

Again, my apologies, but at this point there is nothing we can do about the contest, the winners have indeed been named. Please let me know if I can be of any help.

Reality hit me, and I stopped breathing. I missed my chance on the contest. Because of some stupid cyberspace glitch, the coveted email that requested my FULL manuscript never reached me in time.

Have you ever seen a grown woman throw a tantrum? I was quite the show, I’m sure.

I was upset all day long. Depressed might be a better word. Then, I realized: They had wanted to read the book. My first 15 pages had enticed them.

Then, I realized something else. I can be angry all I want about this so-called missed chance. But, for every day I spend not doing something about this book, or my quest for publication, or writing in general, is a day where I’m missing a chance.

I stopped querying Ms. Bossy last summer. I told myself I wasn’t giving up. I wanted to write another book, a middle-grade novel. I wrote it with my kids in mind, and I thought it would be fun for them to read it while they were at a middle-grade reading level. That was justification enough to switch projects.

But, to be grueling-honest, the querying was wearing me down. Either I was getting rejected or not hearing anything, and for someone as vulnerable as I, that can wreak havoc on a creative spirit.

However, how do I know the next agent I queried wouldn’t have asked for the full? By stepping away from Ms. Bossy, I also stopped giving it a chance. And, let’s face it. If I’d been getting bites on those queries, I wouldn’t have stepped away at all. I’d have figured out how to keep querying alongside writing the middle-grade novel.

I have a lot to consider now. Things I tried to put off are in my face again.

Told you it’s a bossy novel.

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81 thoughts on “A Writing Contest Tale

  1. Wow that seriously sucks but on the bright side, you thought your 15 pages wasn’t enough to entice when in fact it WAS! Don’t give up and keep pushing on. Good luck!

  2. Wow. Sucks about the glitch, but wonderful that they wanted the rest of the MS. I’m so sorry about the disappointment, I can’t even begin to process how that must have felt, but you’re right. The 15 pages DID interest them and that is plenty to be getting on with.
    Keep pushing, keep querying. Again, you’re right; you’ll never know if the next agent would have been the one to say ‘yes’ unless you keep submitting. ^_^

    • Every time I flash back to that moment when I got the email that requested my full, I feel terrible all over again. I’m sure it’ll take some time to truly get past the disappointment and find the energy to do what I need to do with that book. Thanks for swinging by, Ileandra.

  3. How frustrating about that email. What are the odds? I’m sorry you went through that. But I’m happy to hear you’ll be querying again. It’s no doubt a tiring process, and it wears the patience thin. I wish you the best of luck.

    • You’re right, what are the odds?? Of all the possibilities that ran through my mind, THAT never occurred to me. The universe felt the need to keep that email from me, and I have to believe it is for a good reason. Still, that’s little comfort when I think about the fact I’ll never know how I would have fared in the contest had I gotten that email in time.

      • Sometimes in situations like that I remember the saying, “Rejection is God’s protection.” Not that you were rejected, but I suppose the phrase still holds. As you mentioned in your comment, maybe your not getting the email means something better is coming ahead for the book. At least that’s how I try to deal with situations like that. (Well, that and M&Ms…)

  4. Gutted the glitch caused you this setback but that is what you should view this as because the fact the email exists is proof that you are on the right track, print it off and stick it over your desk then when ever you get disheartened look up at it :D

    • That’s a great idea, Paula. I should definitely print it out and hang it over my desk. I think reading the words whenever I need them will help me keep going. Thanks for swinging by!

  5. Dang. I would have been right there throwing a tantrum with you! Stupid cyber space. But, I believe there is a reason for everything so somewhere down the line you’re going to catch yourself saying, “Wow, it was a good thing that e-mail got lost…”

    Now, go write.

    • Haha. I said the same thing to Carrie — the universe felt the need to “interfere” for some reason. I was meant to get the email, just not meant to get it in time. So weird. I have asked myself if it would have been better not knowing, just going on with my life thinking my ms wasn’t good enough to get a “call back.” Of course, I am glad to know my story did interest the judges. I just have to get over the sting of not getting that second chance. Thanks for the good thoughts, Kathi.

  6. That sucks about the glitch. I would have thrown a tantrum too. Emails are lost all the time, I’ve had several important ones and it’s awful. After 19 rejections on my novel, I was at a crossroads of giving up, and then I found an article written by Kathryn Stockett, the author of The Help. She spent 6 years on that novel and received 60 rejections. Reading her words helped so much. Sounds like you have a great novel, you just need to find “the one”. Don’t give up!!

  7. What a rush of emotion. So sorry your manuscript didn’t have its proper chance! You have a wonderful outlook on life Kate, it’s inspiring.

    • Hey Neeks, I think if I didn’t find the silver lining in my clouds I wouldn’t be able to continue on this quest. It’s packed with disappointment, but at the same time, I know I have grown from the experiences.

  8. I like to try to look at the bright side of things and I agree there was a reason you didn’t get that email. I don’t mean because some technical, inter-web kind of thing happened. I mean in a “universe interfered” way as you mentioned before.

    A lot of places won’t accept stories that have been published elsewhere so maybe it Ms. Bossy wasn’t meant to win this contest. Maybe there’s something bigger in store for Ms. Bossy after all. At least that’s how I’d like to look at it. :)

    I agree with Paula, that email is awesome inspiration and you should totally print it and hang it up where you can see it and soak in it often!!!

    • I believe the universe is responds to us on all levels. Rarely do I think events of this magnitude are a coincidence. I still can’t wrap my mind around why I was meant to receive the email *late*. If I wasn’t meant to win the contest but still meant to know my 15 pages elicited interest, then getting the email in time would have still done the job. There’s a big message in there somewhere! :)

  9. So frustrating! And such mixed emotions for you from disappointment to pleasure to frustration etc. A friend of mine had a similar thing when she went to an audition for an acting part, and then she didn’t get the email telling her she had been shortlisted and needed to come for a second audition till after it had passed! I guess you have to find a way of keeping the good part from this that they wanted to see more, and losing the bad part that you found out too late for this opportunity!

    • Ugh, well, I can honestly say I know *exactly* how your friend must have felt. You’re right, the only thing to do is to focus on the good and see where I can go from there. I didn’t have any concrete plans for Ms. Bossy in the immediate future, so I am not sure exactly what my next step is. One thing is sure: I don’t want to put aside the MG novel to deal with Ms. Bossy. I don’t think that’s the answer.

  10. OMG! I can only imagine how angry you must have been. However, in a way it was a win as you finally got the positive feedback you’ve been looking for. All is not lost until we give up. Hang in there!

    • It’s been a very draining few days. The mix of anger (missing the second round of the contest) and happiness (that my 15 pages enticed the judges) is exhausting. I don’t know what my next steps will be. I have a lot to sort out. Thanks, Dennis.

  11. Oh wow. That is one bossy novel! This reminds me of those unfortunately/fortunately stories we used to do in elementary school. Even though there’s the big bummer part, I think there’s something so much bigger waiting for you. :)

    • I have to keep my thoughts around the good parts so that I don’t throw another tantrum! Every once in a while I think about what “could have been” and I feel those emotions stirring inside! I don’t really believe in coincidences when it comes to things this important, so I have to believe there was a very good reason this happened. Thanks for commenting, Coleen.

  12. Kate: The silver lining is that you know a lot about your novel now. It’s good enough to get you in the door. The promotion side of being a writer can eat us up, that’s for sure. Several writers tell me that they spend 20% of their time promoting, 80% writing. I think that’s the fate of the modern writer–we have to do it for ourselves. Keep on writing, keep on entering those contests.

    • Hey Jack, this is true, and it is much-needed knowledge when I have been feeling very stressed about the book. The promoting part used to unravel me, but blogging has helped me feel more comfortable in the arena. I don’t like the idea of having to give up so much writing time, but I understand it’s necessary these days. I’ll keep writing, but I have to admit, when I enter more contests, I’m going to be a little frantic about whether or not emails are really getting to where they need to go! And in time!

    • Hey Paul, nah, I won’t give up. But, I can’t promise that I’ll be able to attend to writing/blogging as much as I have in the past. As the days go by, I have found that I have less and less available time to write and promote. Something will have to give eventually, I’m afraid. But, thanks for the encouragement!

  13. I do believe things like this happen for a reason – your writing was good enough to potentially win, but for some reason this glitch happened. Strange timing also I think when you just recently wrote about Ms Bossy not letting you go – so to me, there’s a better plan out there for that book – maybe it’s a message to keep going with the querying because you’re going to get a better offer than the prize for the competition!

    • Me too, Andrea. I think the universe gets involved for reasons we probably will never understand or appreciate. I still can’t wrap my mind around why I was meant to receive the email *late*. If I wasn’t meant to win the contest but still meant to know my 15 pages elicited interest, then getting the email in time would have still done the job. This question will probably harass me for a long time. :)

    • Haha. “What the heck” is mild compared to what I was shouting. :) Somehow, I’ll figure out what to do about this. Right now, though, I’m still a little stunned and not fully able to make a firm decision. Simply not something I ever expected.

  14. sorry about that email! I’ve had that happen with my sisters, where they swear they sent me a reply to a question I had asked and I never received it…but they can see that it was sent. Super weird and frustrating. But you should feel honored that they did want to see the full manuscript. I guess Ms. Bossy is going to get her way yet!

    • Ms. Bossy is giving me a run for my money, that’s for sure. I don’t know why things happened the way they did, but I am grateful to know that at least the book sparked interest. That’s huge, and something I need to keep at the front of my mind. Thanks, Char!

  15. It sounds like that publishing company wouldn’t have been a good one to use anyway. You’re better off without it. Yes, keep at it no matter what! I keep going through rounds of queries, then revisions. Really not the way to do it at all, but whenever I’m revising I can’t believe how much there still is to change. I keep wanting to query again but I’m holding off this time until it really is as good as it’s ever going to get – even if that takes years or decades! :)

    • Interesting you said that about the worthiness of the publishing company. That thought ran through my mind, too. Although it is local and run by some reputable people in town, I did wonder why no one bothered to follow up with me after that email exchange. I think if I had been in his shoes, I would have offered to read my ms anyway, just to give me his thoughts or something.

      It’s hard to query, revise, query, revise, isn’t it? I went through that for too long. My biggest problem was that I kept thinking something was wrong with my ms if no one was biting at my query. But what else can one think if a lit agent doesn’t explain why he isn’t interested in the ms. Simply saying “it’s not the right fit for us at this time” tells me nothing. I wish lit agents could somehow find the time to give authors at least one specific, concrete reason why the ms doesn’t work for them. I think it would guide authors better so we’re not constantly on this merry-go-round of querying. I’m glad you’re still pursuing your quest, Sheila!

  16. The best/worst story I’ve heard all day. I hope you have better luck in the future. The good news is that you are good enough to be a contender in a contest. That is saying a lot.

    • Haha — probably the best/worst thing that happened to me that day! :) I am trying to keep the good thoughts at the front of my mind, but some days that’s easier said than done! Thanks for taking the time to comment, literary!

  17. The universe is helping you to create a cool bio, so when Ms. Bossy or middle aged book is published, your about me page will be intense and all inspiring. 😳
    What?
    No!
    To subtle.
    Okay, okay- dagnabbit, those ignorant, fowl, and putrid contest peoples. Let me at em. I’m gonna break’em off a few pieces. I want names, addresses, and profile pictures. This one is on the house, COACH!
    I’m ya Huckleberry! 😳 😜
    Okay, coach, big question, do you know any agents personally and do any know you?

    • Hey BBK — thanks for the cheering section. I need it! And yes, if nothing else, the history behind Ms. Bossy is anything but boring. To answer your big question, no, I don’t know any agents nor do any agents know me. I have met some through conferences, but they were quick and fleeting moments and nothing ever came of those interactions.

      • I only ask, because it was my sole reason for joining Writers Unboxed. It’s not the reason why I stay though. The people there are becoming a part of me now. Many people there know my name and a bit of my attitude. At the very least, if I were to submit to E. Weeds or Donald Maass, my name would ring a bell in their ear. I would not be another email in their box. Don’t forget about the who you know vs. what you know. NOW, GO OUT, THERE STALK YOU FEW AGENTS, BUILD A PRESENCE WITHOUT LOOKING LIKE A GROUPY, AND HOOK YOU SOME FISH. Why do you think I invited you to Writer Unboxed, beside the fact of enjoying your AWESOME PRESENCES COACH!!!!!!!! NOW GET OUT THERE AND PLAY SOME BALL!!!! *whistle blow*

      • As usual, you raise an excellent point. While I do read the Writer Unboxed posts, I don’t comment mainly because there are so many other people who comment ahead of me who basically say the same thing I was going to. But, I do like the way you think and I need to look at it from your perspective. I’ll try to be more present there. Although, not so sure I can bring the ‘tude. :) Thanks.

    • Hey Cayman, it is nice when things move forward. Knowing some judges liked what they read of my work is a big deal, and while it isn’t exactly what I had in mind, it is enough to keep me going a bit longer. :)

  18. Oh, God, Kate, I would have been crushed and throwing a tantrum, too! How could the universe do that? But taking the positive from it is the best way to go. Your first 15 pages ARE really good. I know you’ve probably made some changes since I last read the manuscript, but I wish I could get you to see that ALL the pages are good, no matter what the agents you’ve queried have said or not said.

    I hope this means you’ll be getting Ms. Bossy back in front of agents’ eyes. Maybe you can use the break you’ve taken from it to review your query letter and synopsis, which I sometimes think are harder to get right than the novel itself. Maybe there’s another angle you could take with them that might tilt the balance. It’s disheartening for me to see how big a role they play in pitching a story these days.

    Most of all—remember that 1) they wanted to see the full manuscript and 2) you have a great story in Ms. Bossy.

    (And I will be getting you comments on TOC this week!)

    • Thanks, JM. Yes, the query continues to throw me off balance. I did do a query workshop last spring with a woman that Kourtney Heintz recommended to me. That workshop helped a lot, although I felt my Q was too long in the end. I don’t feel confident with it, and I can’t tell you how many times I wish lit agents wouldn’t use the Q as a measuring tool. But, I understand their reasoning and I have to deal with it. Perhaps reconstructing the Q is the way to go. I don’t think I can stomach revising Ms. Bossy again unless I’m specifically requested by an editor or a lit agent to make certain changes.

      I received your comments on TOC. Thank you sooooo much. I agree with everything you wrote, really. I will email you about the fixes I have in mind to make sure I am on the “right track.” ;)

      • I know I’m not an agent or editor, but having read the manuscript, I honestly believe you should leave it alone. It’s damn good, Kate. I suspect you’re encountering overworked agents and assistants who are going entirely from the query, even when their guidelines say to submit the first X pages. And I’ve read interviews where those agents admit how subjective the process is. A headache might put them off for the day. The day before your query came in they might have taken on a novel and then decided they couldn’t handle any more in their work load. A million things that have nothing to do with your first pages or the query—but you’re left with no clue as to their opinion of quality of your work. That must be frustrating for Ms. Bossy, too, but let me remind her here that she’s good and deserves her place in the sun.

        And so does TOC. I hope I was clear enough in my comments that you’ve got a wonderful story there, too! Your characters have chosen a great writer to tell their stories. :)

      • Aww. You’re making me blush. :)

        It’s too bad that agents can’t come up with a better process. I think they need to change things up a bit on their end if they want authors to stick with traditional publishing. I read an article by an agent that if you’re getting form rejections for several months, then your ms needs re-working. But, if you start getting rejections that say, “We like your voice, but…”, then your ms is probably fine but needs to find the right lit agent.

        I understand they get thousands of queries, and they don’t have time to write a detailed rejection. But, they also have to understand that authors don’t have to wait around anymore to be “picked,” and if lit agents don’t reconfigure their strategy they will continue to lose clients.

  19. Oh good grief! I was sitting reading this and then yelled out ‘Are you F’n kidding me?’ Hubby heard me from the lounge room and came running and I had to explain I was reading a blog post ;)

    I feel your pain, but the thing that should stay with you here is that they LIKED your work. Congratulations and sending you loads of hugs xxx

    • I think that’s what I screamed out loud when I first realized what happened, too! It’s a bitter pill to swallow and I have to remind myself it could have been worse. I could have never received that email to let me know that they liked my first 15 pages. At least, this way I know and I can do something with this knowledge. Thanks, Dianne.

  20. Bad luck or good luck? I’m reminded of the the Zen Shorts (children’s book) story by Jon Muth, where Stillwater tells the boy a story about luck. It is often about perspective. At one point in the story a young man breaks his leg, and it’s considered bad luck until the army starts drafting young men and he’s passed over because of his leg. There are a series of incidents like this throughout the story where what is first seen as bad turns out to be good. So who knows what’s in store for you and Ms. Bossy down the road.

    On another note: I’ve had emails disappear into the ether, too. It’s tremendously frustrating. But now that you know they were interested, ride that positive wave all the way in!

    • Mmm, I like your perspective Jilanne. I do believe that the universe does things for a reason. Obviously, I wasn’t meant to be a part of that second round but I was meant to know that my work enticed the judges. So, I have some decisions to make about what to do next. I know I can’t do anything now. I think the wound is too fresh, and I really don’t want to push the MG novel to the back burner for this. Maybe I’ll have a better plan in a couple of months.

  21. By stepping away from Ms. Bossy, I also stopped giving it a chance. And, let’s face it. If I’d been getting bites on those queries, I wouldn’t have stepped away at all. I’d have figured out how to keep querying alongside writing the middle-grade novel.</i?

    We all need a win once in a while. We need a bit of validation to keep us going. What if this contest IS the "bite" you needed to keep going? And that glitch kept you from winning so that you could find the right and perfect agent/publisher?

    I've been there several times, and some little win, recognition, acknowledgement, something brings me back in to say, okay, I can do this.

    But I also think we do need to step away once in a while. To get that perspective. To rethink our process. To hone our skills. To take one more look. I don't see stepping away as giving up on it, I see it as moving forward as a writer. At at the SCBWI conference, an agent was asked by an audience member, "What should I do if I can't get an agent or publisher with my book?" The agent said, "Write your next novel."

    • Hi Danika, funny you should say this because it’s what my little voice has been saying ever since this happened. At first, of course, I was too crushed to feel like this could possibly be inspiration enough to keep me going. But, as time has passed, I do feel rejuvenated (a bit, not a whole lot!).

      I like that agent’s response — it’s one of the more encouraging replies an author could hear. It took me so long to move on to another book, but when I did (and lasted through more than one draft or 50,000 words), I felt like I had accomplished something huge. It felt good. And even though Ms. Bossy is back in the fray, I don’t think I’m going to put the MG novel aside for it.

      • There are so many reasons it was a great answer from that agent. My thought is that if we are in it for the long haul, if we are career writers, then we aren’t going to write just one book. Might as well start on the next one. Especially since we are probably now BETTER WRITERS! And it is an accomplishment you should be proud of.

        Someone once asked me what, of my own books, was my favourite. I said, “The one I’m working on right now.” That magically happens.

      • Absolutely.. While some people only have the one book in their hearts and don’t necessarily want to make a career out of it, the rest of us need to keep thinking about what’s next. I’m glad I wrote a second book, and it has made a huge difference. I feel like I understand how to put a book together, how to keep the plot moving, how to develop characters — and it took me umpteeunth drafts of my first novel to learn all of that!

  22. That is brutal! And yes, it always seems that the most important of emails seem to mysteriously get lost in cyber space. This ‘lost mail syndrome’ has happened to me as well. I suppose that is what happens when the ‘human touch’ is gone.

  23. Aw, I’m gutted and pleased for you at the same time. It’s a shame you didn’t get your chance, however you’re clearly on the right path.

    • I’m doing my best to keep thinking on the bright side. They liked what they read, and they wanted to read more. That’s a huge step in this business. I will try to use that as my starting point when I finally decide what to do with Ms. Bossy.

  24. Wow, how strange is that – so many months later!! So sorry you missed the chance, but then again, so happy for you that you might have been one of the contestants, after all! Best confirmation ever not to give up :)

    • Thanks, Alarna. It’s a bitter pill to swallow. Right now, I’m just focusing on the MG novel and freelancing, and when I’m feeling less touchy I’ll deal with Ms. Bossy. :)

  25. I agree with the comments here, clearly the universe and this Bossy book has a plan of sorts because this email mistake was too crazy!

    • It is a crazy mistake indeed! Why would the universe do that? I’m sure I’ll find out eventually, so in the meantime I simply have to keep my cool. Thanks for swinging by!

  26. First, I’m sorry to be so late back here. Your blog updates ended up in my spam folder (not sure how but won’t anymore)–a much less serious cyber glitch than the horrible one you had. I’m so sorry that happened to you.

    I will just say that I trust JM and if she says your novel is “damn good” then it is damn good!
    I’m salivating in anticipation of reading your work someday. Meanwhile, it sounds like you’re taking care of yourself by focusing on other writing until you’re ready to face Ms. Bossy again.

    • Hey Jagoda,

      Please don’t feel like you have to apologize. I haven’t been back fully in the blogging swing myself. I took off some time to finish my MG novel, and I am terribly behind in commenting on blogs (and that includes yours). Taking time off is good in some respects, but I always have a difficult time getting back into a routine. I’m hoping by April I will come up with a system so I’m not missing posts anymore.

      JM is a very good beta reader. She is careful and thorough and objective. I feel like I found gold when she and I hooked up to read each others’ manuscripts. I appreciate your kind words. Sometimes, though, the rotten stuff is easier to believe.

      Writing has always helped me out of jams. I am grateful that I have more than Ms. Bossy to keep me occupied. She is a tough cookie to get past, I’m telling you.

  27. Kate, I’m so sorry to hear about that happening. There’s this weird glitch where 1% of my correspondence with agents had that happen too. So frustrating.

    But at least you know that your pages caught someone’s attention. That’s amazing feedback to get. Querying is really really tough. You can send out batches with no nibbles and batches with a couple real requests. It’s hard to tell when you need to pull back and rework things. I usually do batches of 25 and then pause and consider any feedback.

    I usually try to query one book while drafting a new one, just because as my hope deflates from querying, I know I have a whole new project that is full of potential. It’s another egg in another basket. It’s incredibly hard to juggle it all and you have so much on your plate too.

    • I still don’t know what to do about that ms. I am afraid if I go back to querying it, that it will freeze out my MG novel. I feel better when I am not dealing with it, because it makes me feel so raw. In a couple of months I will have a better grip, though.

  28. Kate, congrats!! I know it sucks to fall through the cracks. Harlequin Flipside once asked for my entire ms of Good/Bad/Hair. I really thought I’d hit the jackpot until the entire line went defunct. I was soooo disappointed. But then I realized that yes, I WAS good enough to attract an editors attention. So hang in there! I think you’re doing amazing. We both started our blogs about the same time, and you get so many comments compared to my paltry few, so you’re doing something right!

    • Hey Nancy, oh gosh, that sounds like an awful experience. I’m glad that you saw the bright side of the situation though, and that you kept writing and producing books. Thanks for your encouragement and compliment. Blogging is easier than writing a book, though, and sometimes I have to remind myself why I started blogging in the first place! :)

  29. I echo the sentiment of others that this totally sucks. Take heart that they did want to read on and I hope that gives you the confidence to plough ahead with your writing. :)

  30. Hi Kate,
    What an unfortunate glitch, but I hope that you find encouragement from this. It says a lot about your manuscript and your writing to have been asked for a full. Never give up! Never surrender! If you feel completely worn down from the querying process, to the point that you are ready to give up, then I would suggest you have an editor go over the manuscript, make sure it is the best it can be, and self-publish it. It could take on a life of its own, and be a toe into the door. Best wishes, Kate!

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