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Author: Subject: Boo Hoo - need a hug !


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[*] Post 463040 posted on 6-9-2012 at 19:56 Reply With Quote
Boo Hoo - need a hug !

A short while ago - in response to a challenge - I wrote a childrens story which people seemed to think was quite good. Well - I had lunch with a literary agent today - she has approached a couple of publishers for me - and I have been rejected, but at least they sent some constructive feedback:-

1) To have fewer illustrations and to make them full page - at the moment they are two to a page, about 3inches square and set into the text. Apparently this would cause problems for the printer.

2) I had not made it clear enough whether the story was about a flower or the spirit/fairy of the flower.

3) I mentioned a torch - would a spirit/fairy have anything so 20th century as a torch ??!! When did fairies become extinct ?

4) You are all going to love this one ... my syntax and grammar were too perfect ! It was thought that the average 6 year old (my target reader ) would not be able to understand it !! They made suggestions - of course - for example instead of writing "I don't know" I should write "Dunno" !

LOL! Points 1 to 3 I can accept and deal with, but I refuse to dumb down my language skills for anyone. I would rather not publish at all. Good grief, I was reading Dickens and the Brontes when I was 6 years old and the two 6 year olds who, very kindly, read my story had no problems with it - both said that they had enjoyed it. Which planet are these publishers living on?

OK - rant over - someone give me a hug - PLEASE !!
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[*] Post 463041 posted on 6-9-2012 at 20:21 Reply With Quote


It's a shame that modern day publishing seems to be about handcuffs and bad writing rather than fairies with torches and correct syntax.
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[*] Post 463042 posted on 6-9-2012 at 21:50 Reply With Quote

Big cuddly Bear hug for Nimuae ((((Nimuae)))). :)

Very best regards, the Bear
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