I sent sample chapters of my novel to quite a few publishers last year, without any success, or so I had thought. But then, last week, I had a request from one of them for the full manuscript. I knew not to get too exited; that this was no guarantee that they would offer to publish the book and, sure enough, a few days later I received a message saying that although they liked the book they didn’t think it was right for them. Despite the eventual rejection, it made me feel quite positive. I had a few days of hope. It also focussed my mind on what I might need to do next, once I have found a publisher – what they will expect of me and how I might live up to those expectations. And it gave me renewed confidence in my writing. This was the first feedback I’ve received from a publisher and it was very positive, both about the narrative and the characters.
So, no publishing contract just yet, but I’m going to renew my efforts to get one.