Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It's About The Story

Sorry, said Melissa Jeglinski of the Knight Agency. While she's looking for historical fiction, my particular story didn't resonate.

Not the writing, but the subject matter. The story didn't meet up with her requirements.

It could have been the setting that didn't appeal to her. No English castles or Regency drawing rooms in Hampshire could be found in my manuscript.

Just as likely at fault is the era in which the story takes place. The Regency period is huge, and you might have noticed an avalanche of books set in Elizabethan times. That leaves a lot of years unwanted by Ms. Jeglinski.

Not that all the agents who reject via WEbook give a clear and decisive response. Can't say what Miriam Altshuler didn't like, since she opened up the submission on WEbook and then didn't respond. Neither did Lorin Rees. Marcy Posner took one look at the log line on the submission and didn't go any further.

Busy agents, searching for the next blockbuster that will put Phillipa Gregory to shame. That's the subject matter that resonates with agents who are in business to make money, not art.

All I can hope is that some day, some well-established author will introduce the time period that interests me, and there's my manuscript, all ready to go.

But it's St. Patrick's Day. I'd be better off spending the day with a steady stream of well-poured Guinness and a few curry chips to ward off potential hunger.

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