Wednesday, September 30, 2009

How about you?

I'm doing the 'happy' dance.
You know, the one with hands waving high over your head and hips...well, you get the picture.

So why does reading newspaper headlines get this reaction? Why am I laughing as I wave the paper like an Olympic torch? Because, while catching up on last week's news, I spotted a headline that validated my first book's premise.

What does it matter?

Don't those first books have a special place in our hearts? They're the milestone we thought we could never make. This particular story started with a topic I presented to every parenting class I taught. It was...personal. Close to my heart. An idea that simmered and bubbled each time I showed videos on the subject, or held a class discussions. So, of course a rejection on this book was disappointing.

It was expected. My first attempt. A big New York publisher. But it was one line in the rejection letter that stabbed to the heart. "This couldn't happen...health clinics are too cautious...your premise is flawed."

So reading a perfect example of my 'premise' in news headlines brought on this happy dance. I've been validated. My ideas aren't flawed.

How about you? Any ideas you're hiding for fear of rejection? Any 'books of your heart' you're reluctant to write? Come share with us...and happy writing.

9 comments:

Jennifer Shirk said...

Vindication! Yes! LOL! Just goes to show you anything is possible. :)

Sierra Donovan said...

Carol,

So they thought your fiction was stranger than the truth, eh? HAH!!!

Maybe this is an opportunity to dust that manuscript off and send it on its rounds again. Your cover letter could take advantage of the situtation: "Interestingly enough, I saw my story come to life in the news recently when a health clinic ..."

I'm dusting off the book of my heart and querying some agents again this week.

mulligangirl said...

Congratulations on the validation! I’m surprised someone went so far as to say your premise was impossible. Where do they think that quote about truth being stranger than fiction came from? (And don’t they ever watch the Discovery channel?) Sounds to me like you have a talent for creative thinking. This is one of the reasons I also like to write urban fantasy. There is no such thing as impossible, as long as you can make the reader believe in it.

Sandy Cody said...

I'm joining in the happy dance for you! I hope you take Sierra's advice and send your ms. off again.

Carol Hutchens said...

Hi Jennifer,
LOL...if we wait long enough...
Thanks for stopping by.

Carol Hutchens said...

Hi Sierra,
Thanks for the advice. Best of luck with your new queries...

Carol Hutchens said...

Hi Mulligangirl,
Good to see you. Maybe I should try fantasy...LOL
Thanks for the comment.

Carol Hutchens said...

Aw, Sandy!
The happy dance is always more fun when others join in...thank you.

Jane Myers Perrine said...

I have a friend who owns HER own roofing company and does much of the roofing herself. She wrote a book with a woman as part of a construction crew. It was rejected because the editor said she didn't know what she was talking about.

Thanks for sharing.

Jane Myers Perrine