I think the title kind of gives it away... the book that I had at Richmond came back with a BIG FAT R!! And it was a big fat R, I was lucky enough to get some great feedback about why it worked and why it didn't work. The editor has obviously read the whole thing even when it was obvious that it wasn't going to work for which I am eternally grateful.
And so the waiting is over. The verdict is in *sigh*
To cut a long story short my hero just didn't work. Which I can't say I am that surprised about because I had such a tough time with him I'm sure it showed. They loved the heroine though, thought I'd done a pukka job with her. There were some comments on was I writing for the right line. My voice seems to be Modern Heat but my stories are more Romance... hmmm and guess which are my two favourite lines? Yup... Modern Heat and Romance. Obviously all those Liz Fieldings I read are seeping in.
Overall I seemed to want to write more about my heroine's journey than the relationship... which in the case of this story is probably true. Not that Jack wasn't gorgeous!! I just was more invested in Zoe. I already think I could take Zoe from the book and give her a different story maybe for a different publisher.
All in all lots to mull over and think about whilst I finish 'Bah Humbug'.
I sound all calm and resigned don't I? Ha! You should have seen me the moment I got the email! It arrived at lunchtime on a Monday. I was at work. As soon as I saw who the email was from I just knew. So I opened it and skipped to the end. They didn't want it. Yup there were tears. I will admit that was some bottom lip wobble and some stomping and stropping.
I called a friend and sent her the email... which was when I was told what a FRICKIN' EXCELLENT REJECTION it was. People would kill for this sort of rejection. Huh. Who knew.
And then strangely enough I felt relief... NOW I KNEW!!! Curiously liberating!
And I have discovered something very interesting about myself... rejection makes me come out fighting. I AM SOOOO GOING TO DO THIS!!!
BRING IT ON!!
If you hit a bump in the road, what do you do?
Biddy is currently lazing around her sister's apartment in San Francisco between trips to Sonoma to taste wine and do "research" on potential stories. Honest. She will be back in the saddle soon...