Dichotomy

Last week I had a new success and this morning a new rejection.

I wrote an article about the parenting implications of toy guns and sent it to a large number of parenting publications across the country. It took me three weeks to wrap up because it was a difficult subject to reconcile in my own house. I was delighted when just 12 hours after sending it out, a publisher in the midwest, Adams Street Publishing, requested to publish it in three parenting publications: Ann Arbor Family News, Toledo Area Parent News, and Findlay Family News. I’ll receive a small compensation for each. Yeh for me!

It feels great to set a goal and then accomplish it. I used the high to start a new article that I’ll send out later this week.

This morning I got a very nice rejection e-mail from a wonderful woman that runs a small publishing house. When I think of her, the word spitfire comes to mind. We met at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference this summer. It was very kind of her to send me personal feedback. I’ll continue to follow her irreverant blog for insights into the mind of an editor and publisher. You should too. Her blog is in my blog roll. Do check it out. Below is her rejection e-mail. Pretty nice as rejections go.

Hi Lorraine,

Thank you for allowing me to read your first chapters. As I said at the conference, I love the idea of your book. Your writing is quite lovely, and you have established a nice conversational pace and flow to your story. While I like it, I don’t love it. I know that sounds lame, but I have to feel passion for every project we sign. When I don’t have that sense of “I gotta have it,” then I know it’s a sign that it’s meant for someone else who will love it far more and take better care of it. I hope to read about you in Publisher’s Marketplace very soon. In the meantime, best of luck to you finding the perfect home for your book. It was great to have met you.

Lynn 

Lynn Price

Editorial Director

Behler Publications

800-830-2913

lynn@behlerpublications.com

www.behlerpublications.com

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6 responses to “Dichotomy

  1. Way to go Lorraine! You are really on fire lately.

  2. Hey Lorraine, nice toss. Congratulations.

  3. Lorraine,
    Congrats on Adams Street Publishing. That’s great news. Sorry to hear about the rejection, but you need enough to wallpaper your bathroom before you find the “right” agent and publisher. At least it was a personal one. Keep it up!
    Kim

  4. Lorraine, I loved both this post and your last one. In short, I love everything that you write.

    BIG Congrats on the toy gun story going into THREE publications! WOW!

    And as for the last rejection, it certainly was a pleasant one as far as these things go. I really liked what Kim wrote, too.

    You inspire and calm me down each time I read your words!

  5. FYI, the link to the blog is bad (I think). Congrats on the Adams St. Pub!

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