…local reader enjoyed your script very much, although he feels the ending could be tighter and more exciting, we have decided to send it over to our editorial Offices in London as it stands, and await their professional opinion… – Pamela Wood.
Wow! What a thrill of promise, even the justification for self-faith, that I just might get a novel published, one day! Even the wait of, eventually, six months made hope rise rather than fall. Refusal usually comes quickly, as I knew to my bitter experience. But eventually it arrived, albeit with an apology. The reason for the delay was that their team had been divided, but eventually decided that the economy was too tight to risk taking on a new author when they had a sufficient list of established ones. What course would my life have taken if the wobbling coin had fallen on its other side?
MACMILLAN SOUTH AFRICA (PUBLISHERS) (PTY) LTD were also complimentary, but …it is an exciting and well-thought-tale. However…we do not at present include fiction on our list so we cannot make you an offer. I feel that this story would lend itself best to paperback form, or, alternatively, make a high-tension film. – Eleanor-Mary Cadell, Editor. More than one reviewer has recently, after self-publication, also recommended it as a possible movie thriller. TAKE NOTE, YOU MOVIE MAKERS OUT THERE!
Agent A.M. HEATH & CO. of London’s Mr M. Thomas replied to say that the publishers had developed a resistance to themes of African terrorism… which I found surprising, but perhaps had some foundation in Anti-Apartheid bias. I remember thinking the liberal awakening of the Carter era and sanctions against South Africa were in some way connected to that announcement.
The peanut farmer was the 39th US president (1977-1981) and here at home we whites could say nothing good about him, obviously. However, history will judge him as a well-meaning man who is still, at nearly 90, involved in trying to bring areas of conflict to the negotiating table as well as relief for the needy. James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr. (No relation! Nor to James Earl Jones…)