Wednesday, January 19, 2005

I just got a pass on my ms from the agent I sent it out to the end of December. Kinda surprised he got to the full right away, considering I didn't extend the same curtesy to him. He asked for it back in June. Anywho, he thought it was "well written" (now there's a form-letter pacifier, gg.) but he was "never fully convinced of its commercial prospects".

*sigh* Minor set-back. I'll continue to shop it around, probably do a contest or two, and keep on with the new projects.

I suspect the (main) problem is the lack of a marketable or unique *hook*. Or, that the only 'hook' the story had, didn't pan out in the execution. If I have to put this one to bed, so be it, it is my first ms after all, so this response (lack of response) is par for the course. But I still believe that's it's got a chance of publication so I'll exhaust my options before calling quits on it.

Onto better news. I got a page and a half worth of stuff (no dialogue!) written on the Quickpad during the last 30 minutes of my lunch break today. And I made it to the gym again tonight. (already starting to see a difference there, my pants were a bit loser in the waist butt and thighs this week. ::grin:: )
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Linda Winfree said...

Oh, Jaye, that does suck. But love the attitude!

Jaye said...

Thanks, Linda. :-) I'm not down, and most definitely not out. :-)

Larissa said...

That bites! But like Linda said...great attitude! Much better than mine would be! *g*

Jaye said...

Hopefully, Larissa, you're attitude would be one of unbridled joy, because you won't get a pass (fingers crossed) but *The Call* Can't let something like this knock us on our asses. Just got to keep on keeping on. :-)

ma said...

Sympathies on the suckage, Jaye.

Anonymous said...

Bummer, bummer, bummer! It must be that time again. Wendy Woo just received similar news, but from an editor. Hang in there and keep up the wonderful tude.
:-) Jordan

Sasha White said...

((Jaye)) on the R

Well, if marketability is an issue becaeu of the stripper aspect...maybe ePublishing is place to find it a home. *hint hint* After all, you get more freedom there.

Amie Stuart said...

I know I already "hugged" you but here's another

(((((jaq))))) I think it was very encouraging and you should consider querying him with your next project.

Kate Allan said...

Certainly query him with your next project.
If you want to see something that really sucks, I can send you an extract from my very first completed novel - which I am currently rewriting - pretty much completely - for the second time! I'd leave yours to one side for a while (mine's been resting since 2001!). Fresh eyes see new vistas!

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Sylvia Day said...

Don't give up on that story!! I put my first ms in a drawer and chalked it up to experience after agents repeatedly rejected it (one also cited the "marketing prospects"). I dubbed it my "Manuscript of Many Warm Rejections".

Then it won a contest I'd forgotten I entered it in. Then it won another and another. All this after I'd stuck it in a drawer. In the end it got me my agent too. I haven't sold it, maybe I never will, but now it's my lucky ms.

I think that ms of yours is your lucky manuscript too. :D So yes, do a contest or two. I think we'll be celebrating your success with it shortly.

Julie said...

(((big hugs)))

You will prevail. It's only a matter of time.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jaye~
Let me tell you, Vanessa---Vanessa's sent out about 5 manuscripts, & only gotten one agent nibble (stop laughing, Cece).
You did it with ONE. You rock, Vanessa!


Anonymous said...

Hugs, Jaq! I'm sorry about the pass, but good for you for moving on and keeping on writing!!


Jaye said...

Awww. You guys are the bestest. I haven't checked the blog since Larissa's comment and to come back and see these additional posts! This is why I love the romance community. Thanks for the hugs, the cheering on and sharing your own experiences. I was definitely disappointed with the pass, even though it wasn't unexpected, but I didn't feel teary. These comments have 'touched' me, though, and now I do feel teary. Thanks. :-)

ps. Kate, I deleted one of your comments because it was a duplicate.

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