Rejection Letters

All writers receive them at some point. Usually, they just say ‘Sorry, no, not suitable for our lists. Good luck etc.’

I have just received one of those rarities. A rejection letter that gives details. So thanks to the literary agent, Jane C-G for a thoughtful letter: It helps.

‘Dear Ruth,

I am so sorry I haven’t been in touch with you sooner about your submission of your novel, EROSION. It literally got caught under something big but I had read it and was in two minds about it. Although I think it’s very nicely written and rather good, I think it may be a bit too small beer to interest a publisher. I do hope you can find an agent who disagrees with me and takes it on. Publishers are so obsessed with ‘blockbusters’ or books that reading groups will like or the supermarkets will take, that they aren’t keen on ‘quiet’ and sensitive stories.

Thank you anyway…..I hope actually that someone has already taken you on.

All best wishes,


And small praise from an agent of this caliber is praise indeed. Believe me.

William Blake for Cloud Play


Back from Cuba…

Back from Cuba over a week ago now. I’m reading Alejo Carpentier’s ‘The Lost Steps’ since I got back. So strange, all these connections (he is a Cuban writer and this book has one of those ‘click’ moments that has always stayed with me) I’d forgotten that the protagonist’s wife is called Ruth (my name) and a book is read, with a story about Genevieve (my eldest daughter’s name)…and that it is a journey, told slowly, with meanderings…and I want to get to the crux moment!!! But as I was told in Cuba, slow down, take time. I’m trying to do this. Heat makes it easier, and we have sunshine at the moment. One other thing I came back to, is that the CAM Hub has had to change the way it sells artists’ work, purely to make a living for its owners. So, the books are out and in boxes again. No news from agents or publishers, but the cards seem to sell. So, I’ve approached several card companies and we’ll see. And I’m also calling in about some volunteer work at a wonderful old Manchester library I love. I real hidden gem. You never know what is possible. Let’s see, but I’m staying calm and accepting of whatever happens. 🙂Ruth Estevez - Kissing