Rejection isn’t so bad

Well, my urban fantasy book that was on submission with a small press got an official rejection. They cited issues that I was aware of and was planning to fix in another draft, anyway.

In a way, I’m hugely relieved. The longer I waited to hear back from the publisher, the more I realized how much control I was relinquishing. I couldn’t pick my own cover artist. I couldn’t set price promotions. I’ve been indie so long, going under the yoke of a publisher was just too hard for me. Maybe I’m too much of a rebel.

Anyway, one of the issues they cited was the worldbuilding. It was flabby and didn’t make sense.


In my previous post, I talked about the fanfic series I’m turning into original fiction. (Hey, if Cinder, Mortal Instruments, the Vorkosigan Saga, the Temeraire books, and Firebird all started life as fanfiction … I can do it, too!)

Anyway, my husband latched onto it, and we’ve been doing spectacular amounts of worldbuilding. He asked me, “What about the metaplot?” So we’ve been building that. We’ve actually built back across world borders into the urban fantasy universe, explaining the villains there, and how they’re going to interact with the characters in both series. Our going idea is to write, say, five books in each series, and then have one book that has the big Cosmic Crossover event and finishes up both storylines.

It’s crazy ambitious, but I’ve written far more bonkers things before.

Anyway, all this worldbuilding definitely fixes the issues the publisher has. I’m going to have to rewrite the entire book, I think, but I’ve done it before.

My biggest problem is that all my friends tend to read and write fairytale fantasy romance featuring female protagonists. I’m going to have to fish around to find a male audience who will follow male characters being awesome and not having much romance. I think my action movie history is showing.


6 thoughts on “Rejection isn’t so bad

  1. I’d consider beta reading that once you get it to a place you’re comfortable with. I’m pottery sure I qualify (I’m a male, last I checked). And when it comes to romance in books, I don’t mind if it’s there, but I don’t miss it if it’s gone.


    1. Thanks! I’ll drop you a line on Facebook once it’s ready to go. I just finished a new draft and I’m cautiously optimistic that it’s readable now. And while there is a romantic subplot in books 3 and 4, mostly it’s just to drive suspense and conflict. đŸ™‚


      1. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with a bit o’ love!

        In my superhero book (“In the Shadow of Legends”), the original plan was to have a love interest in book 1, then kill her off in book 2 (kinda sorta suicide—she hangs herself, but they’d later find out she was being influenced by an evil empath), and THEN in book 3 he’d meet the girl he was really meant for. And later she’d turn out to be a spy for a villain, but they’d work through that.

        I ended up cutting the romance altogether in the first book, mostly because I scrapped the character my protagonist was supposed to fall for. Then, I introduced a throw-away character that should have only appeared in one scene. I liked her so much that I brought her back for a second scene. I like her so much more by then that she became the new version of the girl he was meant for, and she stuck around for the rest of the book.

        Even when it’s just a subplot, sometimes the romance just works.


  2. Definitely ambitious, Kessie!!! But don’t rule out the ladies when you’ve got a male MC…. I grew up on adventure books featuring almost exclusively guys, and I have no problem imagining myself in their head and enjoying the action-y plots!!
    So, yes, sounds like a fun project to me!!


  3. Well I am glad you aren’t sad about it. I think this is really cool and a great idea. Flabby?? That is interesting. At least they read it.


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