Woke up to a lovely but not so lovely (iykwim) email from Lucy Gilmour at M&B this morning. The short version is... they've rejected ''The Who's Who of Matt McKinnell.''
The good bit is:
''You certainly have a very lively writing style and have created two great characters in Libby and Matt. There is much to like about this manuscript, but unfortunately, we do not think this particular manuscript is suitable for publication. Please do not be too disappointed as we think your voice shows a great deal of potential for our Modern Heat series.''
And she's asked me to submit my next partial directly to her, which means I can high jump the slush pile.
The bad bit???
EMOTIONAL - BLOODY- CONFLICT (scuse my French)!!!
There's contracts, revisions and rejections floating around the blogs at the moment and the one phrase that is coming up on ALL is Emotional Conflict. Those who've been given contracts have nailed this elusive EC, those of us with revisions or rejections, haven't quite made it.
Lucy King and Jackie Ashenden are discussing this very issue on their blogs at the moment and they raise some excellent pointsl
My problem was that I had a strong external conflict and lots of potentially good aspects of emotional conflict (the heroine was adopted and thought she was infertile and the hero had just discovered his father wasn't his real father) but I didn't develop these enough and make them SO BIG it stopped h&H from getting together. Or rather looked as if it could stop them!!
Another interesting issue was that my heroine had elements that M&B thought made her seem unlikeable...what I'd read as ambition, they'd read as ruthless. Interestingly enough, they mentioned something from my first chapter (which you'll hopefully get to read soon) as being one of the things that made the heroine look dodgy!!!
So where to from here??
I'm currently working on the planning of two different ideas - one set in Hollywood and the other in Edinburgh. As I never actually had the phone consultation I won in the contest, I'm gonna be cheeky and ask if I can prepare two proposals and Lucy tell me which one she'd like me to work on next. Here's hoping she says ''yes.''
Writer for Carina Press, Supermarket-owner, "retired" English teacher (don't hold that against me), undomestic goddess, proud wifey and mum of three incredibly gorgeous heroes-in-training! Life is good :)