Rejection Slips

I have received two rejections in the last two days. One liked the idea of the legal background and thought my personal knowledge shone through, but didn’t think the plot was ‘big enough’ and it was too realistic. Also my main character Cassie Hardman needed more ‘oomph’. The other said the novel, Crucial Evidence, was well crafted and well conceived but not for them.

Sometimes I feel I am nearly there and the next agent who reads it will love the book and want to try and get it published, other times I just want to give up the whole idea, put Crucial Evidence, metaphorically in a drawer’ and forget about this writing business, but I’ve started a second novel and perhaps that will be better, but I am struggling more with the new one.

About scribblingadvocate

Born in Lancashire, Law degree from Sheffield University and MA in Creative Writing from Exeter. A barrister for twenty five years, who appeared in the Crown Courts in and around London. When I retired we moved to live in Devon, first on Dartmoor, more recently overlooking the Exe Estuary. After twenty years I still feel an exile from London. Married, no children but own an affable Springer Spaniel. I love reading, walking and travel. I completed an MA in Creative Writing at Exeter University and have written three books, Crucial Evidence, Reluctant Consent and Legal Privilege, all set in London. You can email me

3 responses to “Rejection Slips”

  1. phoenixrisesagain says :

    Hello nice to meet you. As far as I was reading around most people said: ” The main thing is: don’t give up”
    If your intuition says: There is a publisher for me out there! Then there is and you won’t find him or her if you leave it in the drawer….

    • scribblingadvocate says :

      Thanks for that – I aim to try the Wincester Writers Conference when I get the chance to pitch to four agents and talk about it with a couple of authors

      • phoenixrisesagain says :

        That sounds good ~ if I ever get mine written I will try everything that comes to mind 🙂 even though I think about rather self-publishing. But well for now I try to get the writing done 🙂

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