From my very first post I wanted to pay homage to the speech which inspired the title of my blog, Ain't I a Woman? by Sojourner Truth. Such a beautiful speech, such a beautiful name, such a beautiful woman. It is one of my favorite pieces. I strive to emulate this style in my own work. Poetic and powerful. Honest and unafraid. Memorable. And I like brevity. It too is beautiful. This is the standard I wish to be held to as I explore the question with you ~ ain't I a writer?
"Obliged to you for hearing me, and I do have a few things more to say..."

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

So close...

      I've been mulling this over for a few days. It was so exciting when an editor at this press, my very first choice for a publisher, asked for the whole manuscript, and though I knew my chances were slim, it was still crushing to receive this response. I know, intellectually, that I am lucky that someone read it all, never mind the very first editor that got it, and that she was intrigued by it. Or at least I know that is how I'm supposed to feel...

Dear Tammi,

Although I was intrigued by your manuscript, after reading through
HOLY BUCKETS we unfortunately do not feel that it is right for us.
Being a small publisher we can accept only a very few works of fiction
per year, and as such we have to be highly selective.

I thank you for giving us the chance to look at your book, and wish
you the best of luck with it elsewhere! Thank you for your patience.


Editorial Assistant

      So after giving it a lot of thought, I have decided that what it means is that my query letter was really good and that my novel wasn't good enough. I will continue to revise the latter.