As this blog was to hopefully shed some light on the whole writing process and drag you all along with me through the trials and tribulations, I’ll bring you up to speed.
Well, I received another rejection yesterday but you know what? It was good. Jen Hale at ECW Press responded and not just with the traditionally, “it’s not right for me,” or “the intro didn’t draw me in.” She actually took the time to comment, in detail I might add, on the writing and plot and while it is not a fit right now, she felt it had lots of potential.
So why am I OK with this after all my griping about rejection? I had the pleasure of having Echoes reviewed by a book club. They LOVED it. Now that’s not to say they didn’t point out areas that confused them or that they felt were a little ‘over-the-top’. To tell the truth, they pointed out areas I already suspected needed work and some areas I had already fixed.
Getting a book club review ones book is not for the faint of heart or for that matter someone so close to their book they refuse to see the flaws. I was so incredibly nervous and excited at the same time but I feel I have taken the next step. I’ve felt the sting of rejection and have accepted it for what it is, the filtration process.
Writers can be too close to their books and need that distanced view to see areas that can be shored up, clarified or just cut loose. Book clubs offer that; an unbiased reader’s eye.
Thank-you Connie and the ladies of your book club, Michelle, Marion, Gail, Sherry & Claudia as well as the m.i.a’s Rose & Jocelyn for taking a chance on an unknown and for your great feedback.