Daughter has orthodontist's this morning so it's a late start to school run. Switched computer on ready to get a good hour in on the first copy edit of the How To book to see email in from my agent.
Copyright, corporate confidentiality or whatever it is stops me from telling you exactly what it says but the first word is
Then the praise bit:
original, gently humorous
Then there's a
- means it went to the next post of editor sharing with a colleague. Then
shared her concern
and then a glimmer
like overall concept
followed by the
naming the 3 authors they're seeking to grow ambitiously they felt I might get slightly lost alongside.
Sigh sigh sigh.
It's been so long since I've had a rejection I'd forgotten the emotion involved. I really shouldn't feel so bad as so many good things are happening elsewhere but it really feels like a kick in the teeth. Could have been the stinging feeling when reading the names of the chosen ones, but probably moreso because it was the editor I met who was so excited about signing me, talking about a career way into the future with a 4-book deal. Scuppered that time by her previous publisher's sales team. I liked her so much and it's all come to nothing.
Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.