What if…no publisher wants my work?

In order to minimize the number of rejections I might receive for my first manuscript (MS) submission, I honed my writing skills, focussed on my craft and decided to submit the best work I could create at the time. Therefore once I’d finished the MS, I edited it at least another ten times, polishing words, sentence structure and phrases. I took advice from experienced authors and actually put the manuscript in a drawer for about a month and worked on another project. Then when I returned to it, I had a fresh point of view and made more changes.

I killed off my darlings – those wonderful sentences and narrative I thought were oh-so-fabulous but did nothing for the pace of the story – and ended up cutting over 3,000 words from the MS. Knowing when to stop editing is intuitive and the time simply came. Enough! I had to let go and send the MS out into the wide world of publishing… and wait!
Has your fear of rejection stopped you from doing something you really wanted to do?


Insight … The rejection of my work is not a personal attack on my worth, it is merely a stranger’s subjective opinion

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For readers of contemporary fiction, Diane Demetre is a fresh, passionate voice in storytelling. She is an award-winning author of genre-busting romance novels with a twist. Her dramatic flair, sense of place and evocative style create an entertaining escape for her readers. Diane’s works feature empowered heroines who live life to the fullest on their terms, much like the author herself.

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