Early May 2011
With the interest in my novel to date, I should be ecstatic. Two Agents interested – should be a fiction writers dream. But I was about to learn that securing an Agent doesn’t automatically ensure publication. It just gives you a foot in the door.
In May I received the rejection of all rejections. With the major UK publishing houses passing on my novel, my Agent struck out. He was unable to secure a deal which offered sufficient advance to satisfy his commission requirements. I was back on my own.
Jeffery Archer was rejected by thirteen publishers before he secured a contract for Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less which later became a bestseller. Even J K Rowling received rejections. I was joining an established club. The problem was that this information didn’t ease the tension of the arrow now embedded in my heart.
Oh, this wasn’t my first rejection. Not by a long shot. Like others, I have received many over the years. It’s all part of the writing game. But this was the one that hurt the most.
I guess this goes back to the personal versus business argument. To publishing houses, my book was a product, one that had to fit with their lists, one they would have to love (not just like) in order to spend a small fortune marketing, one that needed to be original/different/stand out from the crowd. To me it was my baby, lovingly created, nurtured; I had watched it grow. It was hard not to take rejection personally.
So, after the tears and soul searching, what comes next? Feedback. If I was able to salvage anything from the experience, I needed to know why…
Jane Isaac is very much a Newbie, she doesn’t even have a website yet (one day…) and with a day job, a family and a very demanding black Labrador, she squeezes her writing into every spare moment she gets. Join her on the rocky road from pen to publication – hopefully!