November 16, 2009

Voted off the island

Well, my book did not advance to the next round of the Marcher Lord Select contest. I hope to get feedback on why that is.

In the meantime, though, this contest has been -- and continues to be -- terrific exercise for understanding why so many good writers collect so many rejections. Marcher Lord Press publishes three books each spring. But they already had two books lined up that are sequels to previousl MLP titles. That left one slot open, with 36 viable entries to choose from.

One can hardly blame Publisher Jeff Gerke for crowdsourcing that decision. It's a tough one.

Of the eighteen books advancing to round two, only one will be published by MLP in the spring. Which means there will be several -- I can't call them losers -- several non-winners that I would love to read, but will be unable to read because they won't be published.

I can only hope they'll find a home elsewhere, later.


  1. I've added you to my blog roll. I think it will be fun to check up on people and see where their manuscripts end up. (Hopefully not in a drawer...better not anyway!)

    Thanks again for the mark-up. Great suggestions! Do you accept payment, because I might have a 65,000 word novel that needs copy-edited if I decide to self publish. :-D

  2. Yes, Jessica, if you want to go that route, I'd be happy to work for you!