Rejection letters from a publisher can be curt and ego deflating. But the only way to get published is to find the company that sees your work as profitable. I took Red Room's advice and looked at my favorite books. Who published them?
CanonGate Books Limited had published Margaret Atwood and President Obama. Well, I'd like to run in that crowd, so I found their submittal criteria and pitched my book.
Canon Gate was fast. I had a reply in eight weeks. That's remarkable since their office is in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The letter was a rejection, but I will keep it always. An acceptance letter could not be more heartwarming.
Claire Bell, the Submissions Assistant, wrote. "Though this is an interesting premise and well written, with an infectious love of language, I'm afraid it's not quite what we're looking for at the present time. With our forward publishing list so full, we are having to make some tough decisions over new acquisitions, and are doubtless missing out on some gems."
Well Claire, you made my day. Thank you.