Well, after participating in the medical fast-track, I finally got my response and it was the dreaded R.
Of course, it’s disappointing, but I got some personalized feedback and was encouraged to revise and resubmit.
The downfalls of the story were things I began to worry about after hitting send:
- Slow start. Too much back story and narrative. This is a habit of mine and obviously one I need to break.
- Not enough medical situations. I definitely worried that I didn’t feature the medical part enough, and I was right.
- Lack of drama. Another bad habit of mine, letting the hero and heroine figure things out too quickly and then having something external threaten, but not actually harm, their relationship. This is one I am kind of torn on. Some of my favorite romance novels follow this plot line, but it’s definitely not right for this publisher.
But there were positives, and they were things I always thought was good about my writing so it is reassuring to hear that I am not totally off base!
- genuine characters
- strong dialogue
- lovely sense of community
Lesson Learned: If you worry that something doesn’t work/fit, it doesn’t. And the editor will notice it.
Well, now I’m off to figure out what I want to submit to the New Voices contest. Really struggling with this decision right now!