The word is in, Medusa’s Garden wasn’t accepted by Entangled in Romance. And I am not too upset about it.
Firstly, I didn’t believe it would be accepted in the first place – not because I didn’t think it was good enough, I was pleased with it, but because I didn’t want to set myself up for failure.
And secondly, I can’t afford to get upset about it. Six months ago, such news would have driven me into depression and I would have cried and cried about it. But it is only a story, it isn’t worth crying over it. Someone somewhere will want it. Perhaps in its original form (the tragedy I wrote it as).
I know what the problem is with the story and probably why it wasn’t accepted (and I prefer that to a rejection because that is a harsh word), and that is it lacked sexual tension. It isn’t my forte, and if I want to succeed in the romance genre, I am going to have to learn this QUICKLY! I believe that Ice Planet has it, and the Gothic novel to an extent, but I need to master it, and not be afraid to put sex in my stories. The Ice Planet doesn’t have any sex in it, but there is tension between the two lead characters which escalates.
Perhaps Romance isn’t a good genre to be in… I don’t want to put sex into my stories just to sell them.