Feb 9, 2009

Second chance to make a first impression?

My chosen agent, Camilla Bolton of the Darley Anderson Literary Agency, came back to me with a rejection on Saturday. However, the letter she sent wasn't the standard 'thanks, but no thanks'. It was a most complimentary and constructive acknowledgement of The Messenger. Camilla made suggestions as to how the story (which she thought exciting) could be improved by cutting portions of chapters and making a couple of other alterations - in general, it was obvious that she had spent time reading and inwardly digesting my story. I emailed her to say I was going to incorporate the changes she had suggested and thanked her for her time. I also acknowledged that the road to mainstream publishing was a tough one, but that I was determined to succeed. This morning I received an email from Camilla to say if I was willing to make the alterations and, if I wanted to re-submit to her, she would not only be happy to reread it, but would be happy to read anything else I write. What a brilliant lady! Obviously, there is a god after all.

4 comments:

Selchie said...

Ha ha I think your grandma would have said god is as god does... I'm really happy to hear about your submission... will keep my fingers crossed.)
I think as you say you just need to keep going, I'm a great believer of the power of dreams.

annie kelleher said...

that is great news and you should be greatly encouraged. that does NOT always happen at all!!! good for you and happy writing :)

boxofficegirl said...

Just goes to show that you should never take no for an answer no matter how politely it is put. Go get 'em tiger.

Kim said...

Wonderful news!