Posted by The Publisher on September 10, 2000 at 16:50:20:
In Reply to: Re: - Reviews posted by Victoria on September 10, 2000 at 14:54:11:
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: : : : : Oops, make that vise.
: : : : : V
: : : : Dear Victoria,
: : : : Your post confused me. Are we talking about the SAME genre? i.e. historical fiction? Time period: American history, 18th Century?
: : : : Unless I am terribly mis-informed and am hallucinating due to some kind of a malaria, Last Of the Mohicans, too is Historical Fiction? Around the same time period?
: : : : The Publisher
: : : There's a vast of a difference in novels written in the 1800s and those written for today's market. Although they can both classed as historical novels, they are otherwise not comparable.
: : : Gayle
: : Hi Gayle!
: : Hmm; I would say so, too. While the original LOTM had its inaccuracies and idealizations, etc. a lot of today's historical fiction is ... well, very often, more accurate, more unbiased...
: : compared to then, that is.
: : Nonetheless, I am still non-plussed as to V's 'vise.' The floor is still open for reviews/comments/and in particular, encouragements, re. E.W.
: : There is a historical fiction author among us with a laudable talent, and a good, solid novel which deserves to be completed and then read by all and sundry.
: : Indeed, the floor is still open re. its posted 2 chapters.
: : Warm regards,
: : The Publisher
: Dear Publisher,
: I also don't think it could quite make the same category as "War and Peace." It looks after reading Chapter 2 to land smackdab in the Romance/Inspirational group. My stepmother belongs to Romance Writers of America and attends conventions occasionally. She has a Ph.D in French Lit. Her thesis compared Rabelais and James Joyce. She has tried to publish several times with no luck, so far(!). It's a solid novel type with a good market but it's harder than it looks to write one. I hope whoever the author is keeps on writing. It's just not my cup of tea. Perhaps a writer's group for constructive critism and support?
So you know how hard it is get published. And probably, you also know that an excellent book can be rejected up to a hundred times, and that this is not a reflection of the said work's true merit. Rather, often, it is the poor quality of the book-buying editors.
By the way, I did not say E.W. is like War and Peace, and though it is too early for you to judge as to that it is not. However, mentioned War and Peace in connection with Romance = Historical Romance, Fiction, category, etc.
Now, Marie does not need another writer's group to be criticized, since she has passed that hurdle; she WILL be published. As small as Rose Publishing is, we got many inquiries/submissions from other writers and had to reject them; in this case, these works were really good, but we just could not afford (due to financial and staff considerations) to commit ourselves to publishing them.In my opinion, and my credentials in this field are quite serious, Marie de Merle has solid talent. She just needs to find more physical time to work at it. Yes, support from her fellow LOTMers would have helped her morally. So far, this support has not come and I am indeed surprised. You got to understand that if each and every one on this board would buy a book of hers, neither Marie nor her Publisher would have made money, let alone be rich and famous. Be that as it may, I, and not Marie, looked for that emotional support. What was posted, was enough to have a good-natured discussion. Alas!
So, while Eden's Winter will be published and promoted and distributed when it's written to completion, its subject matter on this board, is closed.
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