Yesterday I received this email from Barbara Scott, new fiction acquisitions editor at Abingdon:
Brandilyn, just wanted to thank you again for the blog posting about Abingdon. I received so many good proposals, a few of which have made the cut. It’s been tough turning some of them down, but they weren’t quite a fit. Once I have the final Fall 2009 list, I’ll let you know who came from your site. There are at least two, I think.
Wonderful news, isn't it. And I do understand Barbara's statement about not being "a fit." An editor at Zondervan once told me, "We turn away a lot of great books." Sometimes the house already has a book too much like it, or in the same genre. Or maybe the house just doesn't know how to market the book. Those are the hard ones for editors, who really like the story and are championing to get the novel approved, but can't get the rest of the publishing board to agree.