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.

Non Acceptance
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2 thoughts on “Non Acceptance

  • September 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

    You don’t have to have sex exactly, there are all kinds of heat levels, and many romance novels never have sex in them – it’s that tension and conflict that are really important, no matter what the heat level is.

  • September 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    A couple weeks ago I got chatting with a staff member at one of the businesses I clean at which led me explaining my current story (as concisely as I could with the time I had to get my job done in) and she asked what I would do with it when I finished it. That got me thinking that submitting manuscripts seems a lot like job hunting. Now I did that for a while (close to two expletive years!) and I can tell you cutting out rejection from your vocabulary is probably the best thing you can do.

    The only person who can stop you from getting published is you.

    I don’t think romance needs sex per se, just the attraction and tension.


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