THE BAD & UGLY
"[COMPANY NAME] is a publication for women who loves sensual stories and requires the best in women's romantic sensual fiction." ---emphasis added in letter/their typo, not mine, 1999
"Unfortunately, although not without merit, I'm afraid this project is not right for American Romance." ---A query on my Scottish suspense with two heroes, 2000
"I suggest you have a critique or editing performed....I can recommend one [CRITIQUING SERVICE] who has done well in the past." --- 2003
"I wish I could help, but I am currently overwhelmed...." --- Agent, 2002
"I am sorry to say that I am not interested in receiving a submission from [MANUSCRIPT TITLE]." --- 2002
Thanks very much for the look at [MANUSCRIPT TITLE], and sorry to say no." --- 2006
"Although I enjoyed reading your story....I have decided to pass on this project." --- 2007
"You're a competent author. I didn't, however, fall in love with the plot as I had hoped." --- 2006
"Although your story sounds interesting, I cannot consider representing you because it is too similar to a story I already represent." --- 2007
This one told me I didn't need an agent to submit to Harlequin, but then said, "Once you've established yourself...or make the decision to branch out into single title I would love to hear from you again." --- 2008
"Thank you for sending me this---I think you have a really great writing style and your voice is also very compelling, I just didn't feel hooked by the storyline."--- 2009
"Once again, I clearly think you are talented. I just wanted to feel more drawn in to the danger this woman was in." --- 2009
"I am therefore forced to reject it." --- 2010
THE NEXT 60?
So you can see that sticking with it has gotten me closer to a "YES." Will I face another 60 rejections before I find the right editor/agent with the right manuscript at the right time? I'm going to be bold here and say NO WAY! But even if I do open another 60 rejections before I sell, at the rate I'm going, I'll get there eventually!