I just got the nicest rejection letter ever.
That’s a terrible way to start – isn’t it? Straight in with the bad news – BAM! And then trying to make it sound not so bad – BAM!
But actually, it is true and I’m rather excited about it.
You may recall from The Book: Part 1 that a publisher had expressed an interest in an educational book proposal of mine and I had finally rattled off a coherent outline of the entire book – something I had intended to do for several years now. You may also recall that I figured they would probably reject it as I couldn’t quite see it fitting into the niche they were looking for. But hey – they asked to see it so that was good!
Well the letter itself said exactly that – the book proposal didn’t quite fit their needs. Fair enough. If they had stopped there, that would have been fine. It would be most unusual to have got an acceptance on your first book with your first try with your first publisher. Maybe even a few death threats from fellow writers reading this blog might have ensued?!
But they didn’t stop there. They said a lot more.
I was pleased when I read “the manuscript was strong”, the proposal “is basically perfect” and the readers they gave it to “really liked it”.
This didn’t need saying – a “thanks but no thanks” would have done it – so I was pleased the effort was given for what was a long email and felt quite honoured. The email went on to say that they felt I need to get it sent to an academic publishers where the target audience would be more in line with the publishers and this has inspired me to begin the next stage of doing just that.
Problem is – which academic publisher?
The book is basically carefully created memory techniques to help students pass exams in Chemistry. This would be followed by other books in the series looking at specific subjects – Physics, Biology, History etc. I actually give techniques to deal with ten of the most difficult things to remember as well as an in-depth technique to remember most facts – in any subject!
So it is aimed at a teenage market and, accordingly, is quite low-brow and chatty – a definite ‘self-help’ guide – but that surely means it rules out most academic publishers who would be looking for more research-based material – scientific proofs and so on? So what do I do?
Well, for one thing, I’m not sitting still. Since writing the project I’ve got on with my self-published book and it is through the first complete draft and into the second one. I’ve got someone who will design me a cover (a good friend) and another friend who will give me some blurb who is a published author (and doing very nicely in the Amazon rankings – something to aspire to J ). Actually, I hope she might write me a foreword too but she doesn’t know that yet unless she happens to be reading this…
So, the self-published book (which I will do in E-book form and Kindle) will come out first – hopefully very soon – but the Chemistry book proposal needs to go out too. Trouble is, with publishers taking so long to decide over a book and with it being considered ‘bad form’ to send something off to multiple publishers, I could spend the rest of my life waiting for just a handful of them to decide it isn’t for them. I may never get to the publisher who says “this is just what I was looking for!”
What a dilemma. Any ideas anybody?
I said in Part one that maybe part two will be the end of this little series on ‘The Book’. Well, maybe it will be. But who knows? Perhaps a publisher out there will come across this and think “this is my guy – we’ve got to have him!”
Well, I can dream, can’t I?