If you submit very much, I am sure you have received a rejection letter at least once or twice in your lifetime.
Do you often wonder exactly what a publisher is wanting or needing.
I have received rejection letters that read 'Sorry, but your story isn't right for our list' or 'we feel it does not quite lend itself well to our list,' or 'after careful consideration, we have decided to pass on your manuscript,' or, sometimes the letter will say 'your story isn't quite there yet,' or 'it is charming, but.'
I have gone to their sites. I have gone to Amazon and 'looked inside' their published books, I have read them at the library, etc., to get familiar with what they publish.
But, some publishers publish such a variety of books for children - all quite different - that I have a hard time figuring out just what is 'right' for their list. I don't see a pattern.
Although I very much appreciate getting a rejection letter, since some publishers do not send them out any more if they are not interested in your book, I wish I understood more what the publisher wanted.
Anyone out there with a crystal ball?
How do you work your way through the maze of publishers and figure out what to send to who?
Maybe one answer is to make our story so special that a publisher cannot turn it down, even if it isn't right for their list?
So, until I can do that, I will keep writing, keep revising and keep submitting.
Janet Smart of the Blackberry Patch
Confused, But Still Love to Write