Which means I got an R and a bog standard R at that. Thanks but no thanks, your story was ‘not strong enough’. Now, of course, Rs are not new to me. But this has the dubious honour of being the first form R I’ve ever had. No, I’ve never had one. Welcome to the jungle, I hear you say. And fair enough, it’s probably about time the negative karma comes round to me and balances things out. I have to be honest with you though, I like my own jungle where all my Rs have feedback!
Anyway, there are various negative ways of looking at this:
1. I have learned nothing in the three years I have been honing my craft.
2. My synopsis was NOT the best one I’d ever done, even though I thought it was pretty good (see number 1).
3. I got the line completely wrong.
4. I got the voice completely wrong.
5. The chapter sucked. The synopsis sucked. My writing sucks. I suck.
Or there are the positive ways:
1. They had so many entries and since mine was one of the last, they wanted to get rid of it as quickly as possible so a form was quickest.
2. The wrong editor read it and perhaps someone from the UK office would have been more favourable to it.
3. It was a gamble and it didn’t work. Still have two other subs in…
Notice how the negatives outweigh the positives? Still trying to come up with some more positives!
What didn’t help is that the ed I have been working with for my Riva subs let me know that she won’t be able to get back to me till mid-March. It’s not her fault and I’m really happy that she let me know but….man, I’m getting really sick of being in Unpublished Author Waiting Limbo!
Okay, so sucky day for me today. I’m still at the bottom of the well and currently have no idea how to climb out. Hugs appreciated though.