This year I had six books accepted and two released so the first rejection of the year didn't loom as large as it might have done.
It was very courteous, praising my writing style for smoothness and readability, but regretting that the story just didn't draw her in.
She was right! The romance was almost an afterthought.
In 1997, I grasped the chance to retire and try my hand as a full time writer and chose to write romance. My first contract came in 1999 and the publisher required a female pseudonym for marketing and Amy Gallow was born. Since then she had done quite well, publishing four print books in Australia and having seven books accepted in America, with three already released.
I will miss her, but my stories have shifted incrementally from simple romances to the complexity I enjoy and I fear she has written her last book.
The pirate series will come out under my own name and I will return to the First Family stories and rewrite them as the science fiction/fantasy they really are.
It's a great life.