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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*

(That evening,)

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!


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Reply Admin Frank
12:22 PM on May 16, 2011 
We all want a long response sometimes, but boy it's hard to get it. And I'm bad about that though, too. "It was good. I liked it." Who do we think we are being so nondescript?

And those rejection letters are lame, eh?

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