Saturday, June 1, 2013
A Rejection Letter or I got a big BUT
Good morning and Happy month of June to all of you,
I am bummed out this morning. In my email box this morning, I received a rejection letter for BLUE LAKE, my first novel. And although I promise myself I wouldn't let it get me down, these four paragraph blurbs on one's 100,000 word novels are difficult to swallow.
She was very sweet. She said she enjoyed reading it and was immediately pulled into the story. She said my distinctive writing style effectively captures the sights and the sounds of the environment. She said 'the romance between Nicole and Richard is very moving and something your readers will latch on to."
BUT, and here is where my big BUT comes in, she doesn't feel it will fit into today's marketplace. My writing is not sexually explicit, and when people see "romance", they think boy + girl = sex. Is there no room out there for a touching story about the power of mutual love and commitment to each other? Must it all be about lithe bodies quivering under his masterful touch? Or succumbing to submission? Fifty shades of something?
My characters have sex. But there are no physical play-by-play descriptions. It's not the driving force of the novel. The emotional side of love is what is laid bare here. Just look around. There is plenty of evidence out there that you all know how to do it. But the intense, life changing power of loving someone unconditionally and the all-encompassing desire to be together and stay together, coupled with the ultimate heartbreaking choice of having to step away from the love of your life for his own good, is there no room for this kind of story in our society today?
No, it wasn't my first rejection letter. It was my second. The other agent said BLUE LAKE was something you'd expect to find on Mary Poppin's bedside table.
So, at least the quality of my rejection letters is improving.
Thank you for allowing me to publicly rant and wallow and cry. I'm all better now.