Tuesday, February 23, 2010

And the winners are . . .

After my husband read my rejection contest blog, he stared at the screen and said, "Wow, those stories are really depressing."

Exactly. Welcome to my life. And yet at the same time I think we all have the right to congratulate ourselves, ladies--and you too Ms., I mean, Mr. Jensen. We're tough. We take this and keep trying. Really, you all deserve good things in life for pursuing your love of writing. I wish I could send you all books and boxes of chocolates and warm hugs.

The mighty Random Oracle over at Random.org chose Noble Standing as the winner, but I'm also going to send a book to Danyelle Ferguson, who showed us that getting a bad publisher is worse than getting no publisher at all--be careful when you accept a contract. Don't be so eager to see your book published that you accept a bad contract. It isn't worth it.

I have a friend who writes romances and was so excited to get a contract for her first book and the one dollar royalty she would make off of each book--until after she signed the contract and found out that the publisher's average print run for their books was about a hundred books. Yep, then she realized she'd make about a hundred dollars for all of her work. How much do you suppose that is an hour?

I'm also sending a book to Tiffany Dominguez. 72 queries and 4 requests for fulls on a book that already has an interested editor? There but for the grace of George Nicholson at Sterling Lord, go I.

So winners, send me your snail mail address at jrallisonfans at yahoo dot com so I can send out the books.

And I'll be giving away another book at my next blog, so be sure to try, try, try again!

7 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Cool contest. Congrats to the winner.

Sarah M Eden said...

A 100 book print run?! I'm pretty sure I just went into full cardiac arrest. Someone grab the defibrillator (and then grab the shotgun, 'cause that publisher needs to be hunted down).
Holy cow!!!

Noble M Standing said...

Thank you! That made my day! Whoohoo! :)

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Thank you, Janette! You're so awesome!

Tina Lynn said...

It's funny, because I didn't win yet I feel good about it since I haven't had a seriously heart-wrenching, gut-spilling rejection. Win-win. Huh. That does happen:)

Kimberly said...

I look forward to racking up my own rejection stories some day. You know, once I find the courage to actually finish a book...

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