‘…It is clever and well written but it doesn’t quite engage the reader…this manuscript is not for us…(Name withheld) Managing Editor’
Another publisher took up The Wastings and it was subsequently published. A short time later I received a letter from Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse stories:
A very brief line to say how much (yes!) I enjoyed and admired The Wastings. So did my wife. So did my daughter. A lovely idea & a beautifully written work. You’ve made a splendid debut in crime fiction. More please! Good luck with your opus secundum.
I much prefer Colin Dexter’s opinion to the unnamed managing editor's!
My message to all rejected authors is: Believe in yourself. Don’t lose heart. Even professional editors get it wrong. Mark Twain and J.K.Rowling, no strangers to rejection, could attest to that fact.