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Dear Laurie Nichols,

I am writing on behalf of Naomi Schneider, who wanted me to thank you for sending in your materials for A Progressive’s Thoughts.

Naomi has had a chance to review your proposal, and has asked me to inform you that (with much regret) we will not be able to take on your project for publication. Due to the limited number of available slots in your particular field, the Press must be extremely selective in its decision making process. Many excellent and interesting proposals such as yours are often turned away. This is in no way a judgment of your book’s quality, just its suitability for our list at this time.

We appreciate that you would consider us as a publishing partner and wish you the very best of luck with the book.


Allison Wallace


University of California Press

Ugghhhhhhhh! I know that this is only the seventh rejection letter that I have received. So far five of them have been as polite and encouraging as this one; however the other two, one was a form rejection letter by a literary agent and the other one was from Harvard, a polite rejection without any encouraging words.

What I have been doing in the meantime is look for more publishing avenues and I have two new websites that have asked me to join them because they have read my posts elsewhere.

I went to Google to see if I could find out how to decipher a rejection letter. I wanted to know if publishers in general wrote these types of letters to gently let everyone down or if I was correct in having hope from mine. What I found is that there is a big business in rejection; there are many websites waiting to help you get published. What I did learn is that there are many types of rejection letters and the shorter the letter, the less hopeful are the prospects. The key to this endeavor is to not give up.

On the fiction side of publishing, what I seriously need to do is divide my novel into chapters and send out a few samples and brace myself for a new round of rejection letters while I am still in the process of finishing the New York City chapters.

Work, work , work.