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Comment by Camryn on June 30, 2009 at 5:38pm
Rejection is a very common thing in the writing world. I don't think I have heard of any author--save a rare few--who have ever gotten accepted on their first handful of queries. I think we should start a tally. One like, "How many times have you gotten rejected before acceptance?"

So far, I have 1.........I'll let you know how high those numbers climb as I walk out to check my mailbox ;)

Like Melinda said by that one editor. 'Each rejection gets you that much closer...'

"Come on lucky number 7! WOOHOO!!"
Comment by Melissa Taylor on June 30, 2009 at 10:06am
Thanks, Melinda. I'll look for those. :)
Comment by Melinda Means on June 30, 2009 at 9:54am
Hi Melissa,
Unfortunately, no. They don't have anything online. You should check out ACW though. (American Christian Writers). They have weekend conferences all over the country and they are relatively inexpensive. (compared to a four-day conference.) I think the website is, but you can just google American Christian Writers and it will take you to their website.

Hang in there ... One editor I heard speak told me to view each rejection as just one step closer to acceptance. Doesn't always help me feel better, but I like the sentiment! ;0)
Comment by Melissa Taylor on June 29, 2009 at 11:38pm
Okay, rejected from Brain, Child. Soooo bummed. I even had a coach help me revise.

Trying to look on the bright side. I wish I could go to that conference. Do they have anything online?
Comment by Camryn on June 29, 2009 at 10:01pm
Thanks Melinda!!

I'm actually on the other side of the U.S.Those books are ones I don't have. The one I DO have is: Your Novel Proposal--which is a great book, but I wanted more in depth the presentation of the query and synopsis. I'll definately look at those 2 book suggestions you made! Maybe if there is a writer's conference sometime on the West coast--let me know and we can go together ;)
Comment by Melinda Means on June 28, 2009 at 6:15pm
Hi Camryn,
I'll get back to you on the websites, but I can recommend a couple books you should get if you don't have them already .... both by Sally Stuart. The 2009 Christian Writer's Market and the So You Want to Get Published. The second book has a whole chapter on writing queries. I've used their format successfully a number of times! ;0)
You also have to go to a writer's conference! I've been to the Florida Christian Writer's Conference the last two years. It's in Leesburg, FL, near Orlando. It's expensive, but worth every penny. Great seminars and lots of editors, agents and publishers in attendance. Where do you live, Camryn? It would be great it you could go. It's one of the biggest Christian writing conferences in the country. You're head explodes from all the great info you learn... plus all the contacts you make with publishers, etc. Hope this is helpful! ;0)
Comment by Camryn on June 28, 2009 at 2:43pm
Hey ladies!

Does anyone know a fantastic website where one can view "idea's" on how a query letter should look? I am also interested in how the synopsis should be presented too. What type of font--10 point, 11 point....Anyway, I'm just trying to get an idea of what agents are looking for. Thanks!
Comment by Melissa Taylor on June 26, 2009 at 4:47pm
Lori, still waiting on Brain Child . . . You? What's new?

Just trying to query, query, query.
Comment by Deanna S. on June 26, 2009 at 12:28pm
Hi all,
I have just posted the next installment of my novel writing series on my blog. It is on "Characters in the Novel - Making them Real". Come visit me at Write Moms if you are writing a novel, or considering writing a novel. Be sure to read my other installments too.

Comment by Emily F on June 12, 2009 at 4:31pm
Hi ladies! I've seen a comment like this already, but I thought I'd submit it anyway just in case someone has new or additional feedback.

I'm interested in possibly submitting a few blog entries to a mom magazine to see where it goes. Has anyone ever done this? Do you currently have connections or knowledge related to this subject? If so, let me know! I've been told I should try to publish some things. Just looking into the idea. Let me know if you have any information! Thanks! -Emily

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