My agent called me this afternoon with news about Despite Them.
Grace submitted my book to Avon, and to Berkley, which I didn't realize.
The really good new is that both publishers loved my writing and my story, which in of itself is AWESOME NEWS. However, both rejected Despite Them because of one crucial item.
It came as a surprise to me until Grace pointed out the fact that I was riding along thinking everyone had read the Eyes of Garnet trilogy, and already had all the background on the characters I used from that series.
Rejection can be taken many ways. I always use it as a tool to get better.
Here are the suggestions Grace gave me to WOW! the Publishers she'll submit to when I've revamped the book.
1) I need to pretend like I've never written the Eyes of Garnet trilogy, and start with fresh eyes to add the complex layers of my characters.
2) Please get Gregor laid!
Really, they asked that he get lucky at least once. And if that doesn't make you want to read the book, I don't know what will! ;o)
So I will set aside my 5th book, and go back to rewrite Despite Them, because the next set of publishers she'll submit to are Berkley (again), and Pocket Books, a division of Simon and Schuster!!! How can I NOT want to WOW! them!
I'll let you how I'm doing along the way.
Well, all except for the sex scene...