Quietly Rejected

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Jane Yolen, in her online journal entry for January 15th, reflects on changes to the children's books market:

As to OWL MOON, when I first sent it around, in 1984-5, five editors turned it down as being too quiet, too gentle. The sixth editor, Patricia Gauch, bought it as her first book at Philomel. She was old school, as am I. The rest is history. But could that book (or would that book) be bought today and published successfully? I doubt it. I have much bouncier books being turned back as too quiet. I think if I sent it around now, I would pile up even more rejections. And if I were lucky, maybe a small house might take it on. But the houses that originally turned it down--like Viking and Harcourt--would still turn it down today. As would their big sisters. In a heartbeat.

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