I gained a great friend and editor in Julia, and her belief in my work has kept me going despite the lack of sales. I am forever in Julia's debt, one which will never be repaid, I am ashamed to admit.
My only solace from this time is that although I lost the chance of work, I did beat my harshest critic and later in the month, the site we were on asked me to have an e-book edited for sale and I had the enjoyment of telling them that one of their "editors" had already done that.
But, that is little solace for the loss of the chance of respect and work as a writer :(
Last September ended in a fiasco for me, I had entered a Facebook contest and the vindictiveness of one person cost me the only chance of a writing contract. Two of my friends who came in the top 3 of the contest now have contracts and I lost out by being forced down to 4th.
This vindictiveness stemmed from earlier in the year, when the person "edited" my Chronicles of Mark Johnson-or so I thought!
I had the offer serious work as early as February, when an on line magazine in Vancouver asked me to get the work edited and they be happy to publish it, thinking the person had done as they said I sent the book back to Vancouver, and my mistake of not checking-at the time I didn't know better-cost me that chance.
The person was helpful, until I mentioned the chance of work at the magazine and then they dropped their interest in helping me.