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#1 Lord_Champion


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 12:10 AM

I got signed with Owl Hollow Press for a 3-book deal last April. Two weeks before getting offered a contract with them, another publisher had sent me a pretty bad rejection (well, this has been the worst I've had), and at that point I almost gave up writing. I'd had about 100 rejections before this one. Here it is:


"Plot is pretty interesting and could be done well. The execution is just not quite there. The story is not entirely novel - a son wants to escape a powerful father who is trying to force religious beliefs upon him. Son is imprisoned and plans to escape with the help of a benevolent stranger. There are some interesting elements, however, that could be teased out. The question is whether it is worth the editing this manuscript would require. My instinct is that it would not. It is not bad, by any means. However, I do not imagine this one will stick out above the rest."

Thankfully, I didn't give up. Yesterday, my novel released. It seems to be doing well out of the gate - a lot of people are getting it. I even have a few reviews already up on Amazon and Goodreads.

But what really made yesterday a fabulous day was one of the biggest local news agencies in my hometown did an extensive interview! It was amazing!
I've also been on numerous Hispanic news agencies as well. There's a strong chance I'll even be on Univision which is a national news agency! I feel really happy. I don't know how far this will go, but I'll do my damned best to push it forward.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 06:39 AM


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:27 AM

Yep, one day I had a pretty snarky rejection from a small press similar to yours. Two days later I had a request for a full from an agent. She also rejected but said she loved the story and writing but thought it was too hard to place it in today's competitive market. Makes you wonder.


Congrats to you and good luck for the future.


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