Thursday, August 30, 2007

Liam's Latest Rejection

One good thing: You can't get rejected if you're not writing anything.
Another good thing: CAPTIVATING prose.

See below:



Dear Liam Johnstone,

Thank for your submission to Every Day Fiction. I regret to inform you that we are unable to use it at this time.

Well-crafted prose and an interesting idea. I don"t think, though, that we are given quite enough information to really make the story work. I need a bit more information to convince me that the protagonist is the good guy and the others are the bad guys, to buy into this world where a man can step into a loom and disappear. I had to read it a couple of times to sort out what I think is going on, and even then I"m not certain. But there"s definitely a germ of a good idea here, and this author should develop it. --Camille

This does sound like the beginning of an interesting story, and the prose kept me captivated, but it doesn't feel complete in and of itself. There's not much character arc or plot development. The prose is good, and we'd like to see more from you, but we need a little more from a story than what is here.

We wish you good luck in placing the story elsewhere.

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Sincerely,

Jordan Lapp
Managing Editor
Every Day Fiction




I don't have any plans on putting the story this references on the blog yet. I'm going to try and work with it and see what I can do to make it a full story and submit it somewhere else.

So it sucks it got rejected but there's cause for optimism.

Until more later on,

Liam


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7 comments:

Kyle said...

The fact that it was good enough for them to read and comment on it says a lot. Good job, Liam! Now stop blogging and get some work done so I can take my kids to a movie based on a book their Uncy Lum wrote.

Liam J. said...

Nice. I'll see what I can do.

El Cliff said...

Will this book have an accompanying game of some sort?

Liam J. said...

Yes. The game is called Readie Readie.

See, the goal of the game is to read the words - one at a time, mind you - until you get to the end of the book. If you make it, you win!

Kim said...

I must lose the Readie Readie game often. I always skip lines because I'm too impatient to read all the descriptive passages. Maybe that's why I read so much faster than you. :P

El Cliff said...

That isn't reading...that's skimming. Ha! Kim has never actually read a book in her life!

Liam J. said...

I've heard her reading to Nicholas. She's read a couple of books.