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The Balkan Secret Conspiracy comes back
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Received my manuscript back. Some positive feedback--that its a great story. But just like all other reviewers, they always believe the story would be told better some other way. One of the characters was not a favorite for the reviewer--she felt the character did not fit in fully with the story. I plan to tie the character in more solidly to avoid any more comments on this.

Some like my work, some hate it. Well, I'm going to go through the manuscript once again. When I'm done, I'll send it to a publisher; why not try? Though I myself feel it is very well written--unlike the last bit of my Pawn novel; I will try to smooth it out once again. Things become so discouraging sometimes, but I am trying. I read the comments (2 pages of it), and one thing that really killed me is that she mentioned that she did not know when the novel took place. It actually insulted me a bit since I did strictly state in Chapter one, right in the first few paragraphs, that it was based in the 1980's. Plain and simple. I did that purposefully since I knew no one would be able to infer the time period. I'm a bit more intelligent than that. Now I know how thoroughly it was read. It makes me lose even more faith in going to fellow writers for help on editing--which I did not really get much help on this one. So, once again, it is up to me to make this book a go. Just like I had to redo the editing on my book Collection II (which is a better write, admittedly than Collection)--it was like the person who edited it didn't care; just pushed the book out and collected the money I paid for the editing--not cheap through iUniverse, I tell ya. That really ticked me off and turned me off of self-publishing through iUniverse.

If I get thoroughly rejected on this one, I'll self-publish it as a last resort through a different publisher. Though I believe it has the stuff to make it in the regular publishing world; it may not be the time or place for it yet. Some say I should just keep sending it around--there are authors that have sent the same manuscript to different publishers over a 10 year period, being rejected all the while, then suddenly have their manuscript accepted by one of the very publishers which had rejected the manuscript in the first place! Let's see what I can handle.

Well, here's to my journey on this one. It will put behind my work on my next Collection III. I believe I'll have that self-published before I give birth in early June. I have a few stories I have to finish up for it before I put it together and send it out.

Till next time...


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More Blogs by Barbara Anna Marjanovic
• Reviews for Balkan Secret Conspiracy - Monday, September 24, 2007
• Redo of Balkan - Tuesday, August 21, 2007
• Straightening up my email - Wednesday, July 18, 2007
• Moving and my own horror - Monday, July 16, 2007
• Brand New Baby - Tuesday, July 04, 2006
•  The Balkan Secret Conspiracy comes back - Thursday, February 23, 2006  
• Current Work updates - Friday, February 03, 2006
• Update in projects - Thursday, December 15, 2005
• Edits are complete! - Wednesday, November 30, 2005
• Feeling like a slow poke... - Friday, November 25, 2005
• 50 pages to go - Friday, November 18, 2005
• Halfway There! - Thursday, October 20, 2005
• 1/3 done - Thursday, October 06, 2005
• After a sickly break, I'm in again - Tuesday, September 20, 2005
• Superwoman...not likely, just overwhelmed - Wednesday, September 14, 2005
• Refreshed... - Monday, September 05, 2005
• My website.... - Tuesday, August 23, 2005
• A Writer's Inspiration - Tuesday, August 23, 2005
• Continuation of work - Friday, August 12, 2005
• Manuscript Complete! - Monday, August 08, 2005
• Late night update - Thursday, July 28, 2005
• Updates... - Wednesday, July 13, 2005
• Current work - Tuesday, June 28, 2005
• NY Review of Books - Tuesday, May 31, 2005
• The journey of writing and other thoughts - Monday, May 16, 2005
• First Official Review of Collection II - Thursday, May 05, 2005
• Figured out a title - Tuesday, April 26, 2005
• Onto completing the other projects - Wednesday, April 20, 2005
• Adventures continue - Friday, April 08, 2005
• And it goes on - Tuesday, March 15, 2005
• Life goes on... - Tuesday, March 08, 2005
• Whew! What a long journey - Saturday, February 26, 2005
• Collection II's Proofs are approved! - Friday, February 18, 2005
• Collection II Book Signing... - Thursday, February 10, 2005
• Content Editing on Collection II - Monday, January 10, 2005
• Sports Articles Wanted... - Sunday, January 02, 2005
• Back from Holidays... - Sunday, January 02, 2005
• Collection - Wednesday, December 15, 2004
• Collection II - In publication - Monday, December 13, 2004
• Always stretched for time... - Tuesday, December 07, 2004
• Collection II - Het Eind - Wednesday, December 01, 2004


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