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.

Sincerely,

X
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.