“WHAT DELIGHT! WHAT FELICITY! YOU GIVE ME FRESH LIFE AND VIGOR. ADIEU TO DISAPPOINTMENT . . . WHAT ARE YOUNG MEN TO ROCKS AND MOUNTAINS?” – Elizabeth Bennet about her plans to go the Lake District
· “Most people when they are browsing in a bookstore or online for that matter will only give a book 6-20 paragraphs of a chance to catch their interest. There just wasn't enough in these critical first paragraphs to catch interest.”
· “There are many contrived dramatic moments that would need to be questioned, ie. Lizzy has book knowledge of surgical and medical procedures”
There was little praise or encouragement besides a brief, “Don't be discouraged, do continue to write and hone your craft and when you have something else for us to consider, please know that you are welcome to submit it.” I admit I was disappointed a little since this was my publisher of choice and they had offered little encouragement. I told myself that this was the first of many opinions that people will share about my writing. Some will be good. Some will be bad.
My second publisher was vastly different. Here are some of the things they said:
· Your writing is strong and so is the premise
· It’s clear you had a good time writing this book
· Your joie de vivre really shines through.
I of course was still saddened but left with a lighter heart. The reason they declined it was because they thought the market was saturated with JAFF. What? For those of us who read JAFF and share this addiction, we are always searching for the next good book. We beg borrow and steal for the next one. I hope those of you out there are excited for when Mr. Darcy’s Promise comes out in July. Addicts must get their blunt from somewhere, self-published or not.
Nevertheless, even though I did not know what “joie de vivre” meant, I knew it was something good. Since then I have looked it up. It is French and means “love of life”. Now I fully appreciate the positive feedback that they gave me. Recently I had to edit my author’s biography and one of the lines I use is that “In all her still-under-forty years, Jeanna has never claimed to be this happy”. I think that says it right there. I am happy and I have a love of life, more so than any other time in my life. Rejection is hard, but it is just part of life, and you gotta love it.
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