|Posted on May 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM|
The good news is that I finished Finding Elise and ordered the proof for my daughter. She read it, found a few typos that I have since corrected, and geve me her feedback in the same way that most teenagers tell you about something they've enjoyed. Here's a synopsis of the conversation:
Me - What did you think?
Her - Nice
(after a night to sleep on it...)
Me - Can you expand on "nice"?
Her - I was too tired to think last night.
Me - Okay.
(After a long pause...)
Me - So what did you think?
Her - It was good.
(Later that same day,)
Her - I almost cried at the end."
Me - End of what?
Her - the story, when she went home. She cried.
Me - Ah, but you liked it.
Her - *nod*
Her - What happened to Jassoo? Did he just go back to driving his cab?
Me - Um, yeah (guess I have a loose end to clean up.)
So she did read it, retain it, and slowly told me that she liked it. Now I just need to decide if I'm going to self publish this one, or if I want to shop it out. Does anyone know of any kidlit agents currently looking for MG Sci/fi?
The not so good news is simply that one of the stories I had out there did not get taken. I received a very nice rejection, though,
The Monster in Me
Im sorry to have to say that your story did not make it into Malicious Malpractices. While I really enjoyed the story, I just felt that it did not jive with the anthology. Please continue to submit it, as I found it quite enjoyable.
Thank you for submitting.
Mike Mitchell - Editor
It would have been a paid sale, but at least he liked it. I'll keep this market, rather forum in my favorites and submit again when I have a story I think will fit. I still have one more out there, one currently in consideration process, so I will continue to update you as I learn. Thank you for your thoughts, go buy a book, support the artist. Just remember, if you opt to get the Stitched Up! anthology, mention my name in your order as that is how I get my royalty. Thanks!