[DWJ] Off-topic Note: Nice News

Nic W eawil3 at email.wm.edu
Thu Jan 26 09:47:50 EST 2017


Thanks, Gili. :) The people on this listserv are so cool and nice!

On Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 5:33 AM, Gili Bar-Hillel <gbhillel at netvision.net.il>
wrote:

> I tried answering this, but apparantly my message was rejected by the
> server. So, copy pasting:
>
> That's a lovely compliment, Nic, and makes me want to read your manuscript.
>
> As for rejections: Diana's agent, Laura Cecil, said to me a few years ago,
> that had she tried to sell one of Diana's books as an unestablished writer
> in today's publishing climate, she's not sure she could have found it a
> home. Diana had many rejections. There are fashions and norms that change
> constantly, and so many decisions in publishing are based on rigid
> preconceptions of what is "marketable" regardless of the actual quality of
> the work. Never forget that Harry Potter was rejected by a dozen different
> publishers before Bloomsbury picked it up, and then only printed a few
> hundred copies as a test run. You need to keep believing in yourself and
> try, try again, until you find that one publisher who will fall in love
> with your work.
>
> On Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 4:28 PM, Nic W <eawil3 at email.wm.edu> wrote:
>
> > Aw, thanks, everyone!
> >
> > Amy - the editor says her "no" is because she couldn't find a distinctive
> > enough hook to sell it with, but she said she held onto it for a long
> time
> > trying to change her own mind about that. My agent says not to worry too
> > much, because editors have different points of view about hooks.
> >
> > - Nic
> >
> > On Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 2:46 AM, Amy Harlib <aharlib at earthlink.net>
> wrote:
> >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > aharlib at earthlink.net
> > > Wow - wonder why you got rejected?
> > >
> > > Hope your book finds a home!  Would love to read it.
> > >
> > > Amy
> > >
> > > http://www.reverbnation.com/amazingamycontortionistuniqueyogadancer
> > > -----Original Message----- From: Nic W
> > > Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:33 PM
> > > To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion
> > > Subject: [DWJ] Off-topic Note: Nice News
> > >
> > > Hello everyone!
> > >
> > > I have a small, sweet piece of news that I had to share with you all,
> > > because I think you'll understand how much it means. I write fantasy
> > > myself, mostly for children, and I have a literary agent who is
> > submitting
> > > one of my novels to publishers. Today I got the nicest "no" I've ever
> > > heard, from Diane Landolf of Random House. Among other things, she
> said,
> > > "This
> > > is possibly the first submission I’ve ever read that I think really
> does
> > > deserve its comparison to Diana Wynne Jones."
> > >
> > > I teared up. Hard to find better praise than that!
> > >
> > > Best to all,
> > >
> > > - Nic
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