Blogger: Rachel Zurakowski
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
I think it’s time for some real-life examples of positively rejected manuscripts…that were published.
My client, Sarah Sundin, spent seven years pitching and perfecting her WWII historical romance. She received many positive rejections. Publishers and agents wrote back to her and told her that her writing was good but historicals weren’t selling.
Sarah didn’t give up. She kept revising her manuscript and had hope. Finally, in 2008, she attended the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference and met an editor from Revell. The editor and Sarah connected, and the editor requested Sarah’s book.
Revell loved Sarah’s writing and story and offered her a contract for three books! A Distant Melody released in March. The second book in the series, A Memory Between Us, releases this September.
The timing was perfect because there weren’t many historicals left on the bookshelves. It was also perfect timing for Sarah. She admits that until 2008 she wasn’t in the right place in her life to publish a book. With young children and a job, the demands of edits, marketing, etc. could have overwhelmed her. For those of you who haven’t yet experienced all that goes into getting the book out after the contract, take note that it’s a lot of work!
Another good publication story is Madeleine L’Engle’s for A Wrinkle in Time. You can read it in her own words here.
And one more to check out. Wendy Lawton’s client, Jill Eileen Smith, worked hard toward publication for twenty years! Check out this interview where Jill shares a bit of her story.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on these stories And published authors, please feel free to post your story!