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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Oh, So This Is What It Feels Like

Ever have your heart pulled out from your chest, stomped on a few times, then spit-shined and shoved back into place?

Just wondering.

So I got my first rejection on the full manuscript of CHARLES today. Snail mail. I knew when I saw my own SASE that it wouldn't be a pretty picture. I suppose good news can come by post, if you consider bills and junk mail good news, that is.

With a sinking feeling, I tore open the envelope and pulled out the letter. Nice stationery. Watermark and everything.

Dear Jackie:

Thank you for sending HEY, CHARLES--YOUR SLIP IS SHOWING. Though the premise is intriguing and promises a fun ride, I found the actual storyline a bit familiar and somewhat bogged down by Lee's issues.

Of course, another reader may feel differently and I wish you luck.


The storyline was a bit familiar? I guess that was the vibrators at work again. Who'd have guessed that a story about a recent college grad becoming a stock girl at a clothing store that also sells sex toys was "familiar"?

Ah, nuts. Off to find some chocolate and mope. Maybe there will be good news later.


At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Jim said...

Ever have your heart pulled out from your chest, stomped on a few times, then spit-shined and shoved back into place?

Ayup. A few months back. Had an offer from one of the big publishers on a book. Due to various miscommunications and other unpleasantness, that offer was withrdawn exactly one month later.

Writing = Masochism, right? It's on our Union cards.

At 8:52 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

Ugh. Sorry to hear that, Jim. That would have sent me under the covers for about a month, I think.

And what's this about a Union? Hmmm. Note to self: Open mail.


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