Well, I got another one. This one is even worse than the last thirty or so. It's worse because they liked the story. They might have signed me on. I might have had this book published within the year. But they already had an author with a mermaid story too similar to this one.
Why is this a problem, you ask?
This one was supposed to be one of a kind. The breakout novel. The one everyone's been waiting for. The fresh, new story. The one that began a whole new trend.
I was so sure that that's what this one would be. Well, I don't know now. Maybe yes, maybe no.
But here it is. As part of a tradition that I started three rejections ago, I have burned it.
This company required a lot of detailed information (marketing proposal, sales handle, promotion ideas, chapter-by-chapter synopsis, the works). But it didn't go to waste! Because I had all this stuff written down, I was able to use it for the next company. I sent a query letter to them that same day...
along with more hopes and dreams.
So here's to treating myself to one more girl scout cookie and never giving up.