Just completed my 400 page manuscript regarding a Historical Romance. I sent an e-query (per their request) to a major publishing house. I made sure that my query was well polished and tight however, received a reply that my story idea was not right for them at this time. How do I take this?
oh take it badly, very badly.
They're clearly out of their minds. Probably had an intern reading the e-queries that day.
Take that manuscript regarding a historical romance (is it an in depth analysis? your reconstituted senior thesis perhaps?) and print it out in a nice readable font. Then hand deliver it to the lobby of the publisher. If you need the address, just holler, I'll be glad to provide it. Make sure you don't leave the building unless the executive editor in charge of manuscripts has signed for it.
Really, the idea that this single query wasn't embraced with fervent applause is a sign of the impending apocalypse. While you're in New York, stock up on holy water from St. Patrick's. 50th and Fifth Ave. A quick walk from Random House, Simon and Schuster and Time Warner.