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  •  Yes. I met two editors there who want to see (4+ / 0-)
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    my next book, which was nice. So I sent their contact information to my brand-new agent. I also saw another editor who had already requested it, and two editors who had read an earlier version of my published novel 20 years ago and I got the feeling never wanted to work with me again.

    •  lol (2+ / 0-)
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      That's nice! Mostly.

      -9.0, -8.3 "...the number of Mexicans killed or wounded by immigration authorities rose from five in 2008 to 12 in 2009 to 17 so far this year" --AP, 6/9/2010

      by SensibleShoes on Thu Jul 01, 2010 at 05:46:25 PM PDT

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      •  At least I know it wasn't my writing; (3+ / 0-)
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        it was me.

        •  lol yikes (3+ / 0-)
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          Now that's the kind of rejection you can take personally :(

          -9.0, -8.3 "...the number of Mexicans killed or wounded by immigration authorities rose from five in 2008 to 12 in 2009 to 17 so far this year" --AP, 6/9/2010

          by SensibleShoes on Thu Jul 01, 2010 at 06:26:07 PM PDT

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          •  Advice not to take things personally (2+ / 0-)
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            makes sense for someone querying or sending material who's never worked with an agent or editor before. But once someone is with an agent or editor on a project, this becomes another workplace relationship, and those often do turn ugly for one reason or another.

            In the case of one of the editors, I was at fault. She put a lot of effort into line editing the first two chapters and giving me guidelines for the revision she wanted, and rather than communicating with her, telling her I'd run into difficulties making her revision work, I simply vanished.

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