I’ve been keeping a secret from you for the last month and I can keep it no more.
For the last month I’ve known Angry Robot were interested in my contemporary fantasy novel. Back in October, I exchanged a couple of e-mails with an editor there who promised an imminent read. Then the lines went dead; until Tuesday when I had an e-mail from him. He was enthusiatic, he took it to the rest of the team. They were less enthusiastic and they’re not buying it. It is thematically too similar to something they’ve already got. There was a bit of other stuff too that could have been sorted in editing, but the ‘too similar’ thing is the killer.
Bummer. This is the second novel of mine that has got this far with AR. My fellow writers, it is tough out there.