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Feb
11

Harlequin Who?

As I have mentioned before I submitted to Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write, along with hundreds if not thousands of other hopefuls.  Who won’t submit with the promise of “we’ll get back to you in a little over a month.” Ok, I was a little nervous. Who won’t be, this was my first submit to a major player in the publishing business. I worked on my Query, my synopsis and my first chapter, revised, reread, revised. All my critique partners did the SYTYCW as a goal of sorts and we each helped with content and line edits.  It’s a learning experience to no end. 

I wish I could say I was one of the few hopefuls who received a revision request or the golden ticket per say, but I was just like the majority of hopefuls, and received the rejection letter. It didn’t hurt, it stung but the letter pointed out a problem with my story, one I had a feeling about,  and one that I can fix.  One day, my MSS is going to be strong enough and the right publishing house and editor is going to love it.  Positive Outcomes only. 

The one bright spark out of this whole adventure is my dear Hubby.  I told him about my rejection and the conversation with like this:

“What did you do this week?” My Hubby said.

“Wrote, Carted the kids around. Got rejected by Harlequin.” Shrugged my shoulders.
With brows pinched together he said, “Who’s Harlequin?”

It took me  a moment, shook my head. “A major Publishing house specializes in Romance Novels. The little books in all the stores, gas stations… been around for decades.”

“Really?”

“Really.” I shrugged.

“Nice.” Then he patted me on the back and said, “You aren’t doing something right unless you’ve been rejected a 1,000 times.”

And he’s right. So to all my fellow comrades in the SYTYCW, pull out your MSS, look at it, read it… fix it or more on, because Rejection is a learning experience one we all must live through at least a 1,000 times in a lifetime before we do it right.  Besides Practice makes perfect. Fingers to a keyboard, head in the creative space and write on my friend… write on.

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2 Responses to “Harlequin Who?”


  1. February 8, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I love your attitude, Deb. Every little step is important and brings us closer to our goals. Hopefully we’ll get there soon 🙂


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