One of the Latest Failures

(The good thing about sighing up with a website that helps you distribute your manuscripts is that you get rejections from more diverse places. I will reproduce the text here because I am too lazy to take a picture of it this morning:)

August 11, 2009

Dear John Paul,

Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to consider Little Lolo Stories. You’re clearly a talented writer and have an intriguing premise for your novel. Unfortunately, we’re not convinced we’d be the right agency for this; we’re just not connecting enough with the material to take it on.

Thank you, again, for sending it our way, and we wish you the best of luck securing representation.


The Gernert Company


(It seems part comlimentary and part rejecting so it is hard to take. “We’re just not connecting with the material” can mean so much; is it the Spanglish or the setting/content?

In positve news, Jennifer S. Davis has tentatively agreed to help edit my manuscripts as long as the CN staff does not see a conflict. )

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John Paul Jaramillo’s debut story collection The House of Order was named a 2013 Int’l Latino Book Award Finalist, and his most recent work Little Mocos is now available from Twelve Winters Press. In 2013 Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature listed Jaramillo as one of its Top 10 New Latino Authors to Watch and Read. He is currently a professor of composition and literature at Lincoln Land College-Springfield, Illinois.

One thought on “One of the Latest Failures”

  1. What is bad, I think is that most publishing companies are in business and if they don’t see something as a huge “money-maker,” they are not likely to take it on, I guess. But I do see a large audience for your work. I don’t see it as more “specialized” than any other writer’s–does that make sense?

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