I’m posting quick smart because I don’t want my rejection post to be the first thing people see on my blog. It’s been a hell of a process but it’s done now and I’m moving on. And what better news to move on with than an email from Anna. After telling her that I had four manuscripts ready(ish), she told me to send her partials of the two I thought were strongest. Two!! Yay.
So now all I have to do is choose the two strongest. Not so yay because which one do I go for? One of them the conflict is still niggling at me so probably not that. It’s another classic case of me having a set-up without really thinking through the internal conflict. However, the other three are all potentials. They are all very simple stories in that that there is no immediate, gimmicky set-up. The emphasis is entirely on the internal conflict. I’ve also steered clear of the stereotype trap I fell into with the previous stories in that they’re fully rounded characters and not just a bunch of character quirks. At least, I hope I have.
But you know, it’s funny. I was running through one of the stories with my husband last night and he said ‘wow, you really problems with your heroines don’t you?’. And I thought no I don’t! Surely not. But he’s right. My heroes conflicts are all clear cut, I find them simple to write. But my heroines always seem to take me ages to figure out. I wondered if it was because men just aren’t that complicated – at least, that’s what I told my husband – but actually, I think it’s because my heroes are more important to me. I love writing them. And my heroines tend to suffer because they’re just a foil for my amazing guy. Which was why my manuscript was rejected. The second half of the book was great, Anna told me, because it was all about my hero. The first half was about my heroine and just didn’t work.
So, the next submission will have to concentrate on getting my heroine right. Argh! Choices, choices… 🙂