For some reason, I was sorting through my rejection letters. Actually, I know the reason, but I’ll save that for another day. Anyway, I’m sending out Curse of the Black Swan today to Daw books. They’re one of the few big names that doesn’t require an agent (which is why conventions are important — to bypass that requirement).
In the rejections, I found my first Daw rejection for Hunger of the Wolves. My first book. I never liked that book. It had some good parts, but it was my first novel so it was pretty much an A to B type book (predictable).
I learned a lot from writing, editing, and trying to sell that book. I learned my strengths (situational writing), I learned not to give my book to people who don’t like fantasy (because no matter how good it is, they still won’t like it). I learned what my readers liked. I learned…well…lots of things.
The rejection letter said: Well crafted and a lot better than most but predictable throughout. .
Wow — a lot better than most. Okay, not the most glowing of reviews, but still something. I thought I was onto something then — after all, I knew it was predictable. I wrote it that way.
The letter also stated to mention that rejection with each new submission. Which I guess is a little baby toe in the door.
You start sending out your book for consideration and that only can me one thing someone is buying the house, you’re moving and your return address will be wrong again.
Good luck!!!! Your stories “in game” are great, so I envision superb novels.
Well that was the first novel I ever read, and at the time I loved it. I know that you’re writing has improved immensely since then, so here’s hoping. I have my fingers and toes crossed, and I will say a little prayer.
Which level of editor did you make it to at DAW before rejection, submissions editor, 2nd editor, or final editor? I understand three approvals are necessary before acceptance.