Good morning (by four minutes only) and sorry for the tardy post. I'll dash off and make the teas and coffees as you're reading through this post. Every Friday I drop my daughter off at the bus stop and then come straight home, turn on the computer and look at Novel Racers. Today, which of course had to be the day I'd forgotten it was my turn to do the Coffee Morning, I didn't. So typical. I'd overslept and then had an appointment with my hairdresser to make me blonde once more. So apologies from me.
Recently I've had wonderful feedback from a publisher about my manuscript, however they said that although they thought the story, setting and hero ticked all the right boxes, my heroine's reactions were not as believable as they could be and she needed to be a little more likeable. They went on to say that if I tweaked my heroine, I was welcome to resubmit my MS.
Naturally I was disappointed, but immediately set about editing my MS. As soon as I started I could see how my heroine could be improved and definately made more likeable, and now I've finished covering my pages in red ink I've begun amending the novel on the computer and will resubmit it in the next few days.
Whilst, I appreciate this doesn't automatically mean they will want to publish my book, at least I now know that I've had another chance to improve it substantially and nothing has been lost by spending time doing so.
I think the hardest part about writing novels is that unlike an exam where as long as you learn the subject thoroughly you can pretty much ensure you'll pass, with writing I know that I could keep working at it until I'm 110 and still possibly never be published.
So, my question to you is, how do you take rejection and what keeps you going?