It’s time to share another Strange Submission Story. This one definitely made our anonymous sharer go hmm….
Here’s the scoop:
Submitted a PB manuscript. Got a letter back from an editorial assistant saying that the story had her laughing all the way through, that she loved the characters and the situations I put them in, but that the story was “too quirky” and wouldn’t sell for the mainstream market. (It wasn’t, like, an S&M Picturebook or anything). Letter ended with, “We’d like to see something else from you.”
Submitted a second PB manuscript. Got a letter back stating that the story had a well-constructed plot, that she loved my characters and thought it was a good story, but “it’s just not quirky enough to sell in the current market.” All within eight weeks time. Wow, the market changed fast.
It just goes to show that you never know exactly what is going to fit with any particular person at any particular time, although I am pretty darn sure an S&M picture book isn’t ever gonna sell in the mainstream market.
Keep on getting those manuscripts out there, Anonymous. And thank you for sharing!
I’m on the lookout for more Strange Submission Stories but there’s not enough time in the day for me to bug writers. I only have one more story to share. I need you! If you have a strange submission story please consider sending it my way. I promise I will never ever give your identity away to anyone–or if you want to put your name on it, that’s great too. You can email me at SubItClub (at) gmail (dot) com. Take out the spaces, of course.
WOW, Heather. What a story. Poor anonymous. One thing’s for sure though. Anonymous is on his/her way. I hope I don’t have one to tell. If I do, you’ll be the first to know.
It is quite a story Robyn! And just the way things go sometimes. Gotta keep on subbing!