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8/11/14 8:31 P

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Good point, I didn't think of that.

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8/11/14 1:24 P

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Actually no, that doesn't quite matter. There are some stories that have sex and drugs involved. One of the main factors (though not the only one) is that the characters are teenagers. It needs to be about teens in order to qualify as a teen book. If it's adults, then chances are the teen publishers won't be interested.

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8/11/14 8:02 A

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I would imagine it depends on the sex contest for teens, if writing to a teen publisher, but I don't go into the sex part in a way that it could not be excepted. Trying all avenues is a good place to start sometimes. I have just finished Chapter 3, as I have revised it. I find I want to take out some of the past that is in there. I don't want too much of it. It is slow going with my shoulder but I am starting to get there now that most of the insurance stuff is cleared up.

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8/11/14 3:20 A

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3 months isn't too long. Though some will list an expected timeframe so that you know when is a good time to query if they take longer than the listed response times.


As for the book appealing teens, while teenagers read any age range and genre (I read john grisham books and adult epic fantasy ones as a teen) the publishers focusing on the age range tend to have specific requirements for the age of the characters in the books in order to go through them. So, while a teen might be interested in reading it that doesn't necessarily mean it's a teen book. And many adult readers like teen books, so age of reader isn't always matched with the age of the genre or way they are shelved.

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8/10/14 2:48 P

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I still haven't heard from the magazines or the children publishers. it is close to 3 months so maybe I will hear soon.

My gd was editor of her school paper in her freshman year. Now, this year she is going out for the newspaper and magazine. The teacher told her she was an excelent writer so maybe she will take after me in writing. I had her read some of my story and even tho she was l5 going on l6 in Jan, she said she liked it. Maybe it might be something to send to a publisher who publishers l7 year old books, a thought.

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8/10/14 1:32 A

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They do sit with you, those few personal comment ones. When I first sent out a story, the whole 3 times back in 2009, I received form rejections on 2 of them. It was exciting because they were my first time really trying to send out and I sent to professional short story markets. The last rejection was from a place that sent comments to every submissions, so it wasn't necessarily special that it got a comment in return, but it was interesting the comment made on my little sci-fi flash fiction bit. The main response was the idea needed more words and to maybe try it in novelette form. Looking back, there is not much to the little bit and they were quite kind in how they worded their response. I still remember it well even though the place is no longer open.


I've only gotten form rejections so far this year except one that I got to choose between fast track or slush pile type approach. Fast track meant quicker response, but the slush pile included comments made by those doing the reading. So, I got comments on the little robot, and it was interesting to see the variations of opinion over the one piece from the four different people who read it. The rest have been the general, we have decided not to publish your story types but still, I'm okay with that.

I have 3 short stories out right now and have a couple to work on in order to submit in the near future. But I really need to get the novel edit in gear.


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It is nice when someone takes pains to write you, otherwise, form letters.

Harper Collins editor loved my children book, but when it went to marketing dept, then put thumbs down on it she said because it would sell to their clients. So one can like it and another can squash it. Tough racket.

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8/8/14 10:03 A

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When I first started writing, rejections would bother me, but not make me stop. Of course, it helped that the first one I got had a hand written note on it tell me I was close. :)




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So far, rejection hasn't bothered me. I get a momentary "aww" type of sadness but at the same time, it's kind of like its own reward. It's a big step in the writing process, for me, because it's an indication that I'm putting the work out there and taking those steps in the right direction. Means I'm doing it, taking the chance.

I also don't mind waiting. I have three short story submissions out right now and 2 of them could be any day but one probably won't be for hopefully over 100 days. Either way, I'm good and happy to be sending out stories.

Now I need to get the novel edit done so I can jump into the query submission to agents.

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Do you cry or just get over it. How many times have to received one? Did you stop writing because of it? Tell us.

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