So far I’ve heard from nine publishing houses, all complimentary, all passing on my novel.
Highlight the word “complimentary.” I do. We writers are like that, or so I’ve heard and found to be true in practice. A particularly complimentary rejection letter can keep us smiling for weeks.
It’s all part of the publishing process, those mounting rejections while waiting for that miracle, or what feels like a miracle in the waiting, the hand of god reaching out of the sky to bliss our work, to name us, oh holy of holies–a published novelist.
In the meantime I print out the rejection letters and mark with yellow highlighter all the praise large and small. A sunny bulwark against disappointment, I suppose.
“It only takes one to fall in love,” says my agent. “The right one, for the long haul.”
Finding the right publisher is like finding the right marriage partner. We can fall in love with someone, or some book, and yet still not be ready to commit. To slip a ring on a finger or offer the ultimate pledge, to death do us part.
So I’m still waiting for “the right one” to come along, to be so swept away by my novel they cannot bear to pass on it.
In the meantime, I gather Toto in my arms and happily follow that yellow brick road of sunny highlights on my way to see the wizard and find a home for my novel.
Keep your fingers crossed.