Lucky me, I got an R for the Never Ending Story this morning. And I’m really annoyed about it. I’ve worked for 11 months on that story with the editor. Got the synopsis reworked, the character bios, the partial rewritten twice, and to not even get a request for a full is just so disheartening. Makes me question whether I know what I’m doing at all. Whether what they want from me is impossible to do.
The response was lovely, don’t get me wrong. Very encouraging. But the reason for the R was because it was too much about the sex. At least the partial was. Now, I can see what the ed means and while I was editing the story, I thought I would have to go back and layer in some more emotional stuff. But lowering the emphasis on the sex is easy, it’s the conflict that matters. At least I thought that was the most important part. And it wasn’t the conflict it was rejected for.
Problem is, in this story my characters don’t want an emotional connection and will fight it. So for them, sex IS all it’s about initially. In fact, they’re determined to think it’s just physical for as long as possible. Perhaps it’s that approach that makes it not suitable. Then again, I’ve read lots of other one night stand stories in MH where it’s all about the physical initially, and it seems to work for others.
Sigh. Anyway, the ed told me to put it aside for a while and come back to it later so I guess it’s not a complete waste of time. But I am going to email her and ask her for clarification on the issue.
Right at the moment though, I feel as if I have to write an absolutely perfect, no revisions necessary kind of partial to even warrant being asked for more. Which is beyond irritating when the last requested full had no conflict, lots of stereotypes, pacing issues and all sorts of other problems that this one didn’t have.
Okay, so thanks for letting me vent. Funnily enough I’m not as gutted as I thought I’d be. I’m just frustrated as to what it is they want from me. Oh well, good thing I have sub number eight waiting to go. 🙂