It seemed like I'd at least made a break through with my Esther novel. A publisher liked my writing, based on the first three chapters. They just couldn't publish a second Esther novel.
So I jumped on this chance and pitched an idea to the publisher. What about a novel about some of King David's wives?
I received a positive reply. "Yes, send it when you finish. Take your time. Projects like these take a very long time."
So for the next year, I researched and wrote the 400-page novel, called Harem. Then I sent it off to the publisher.
She took a year before she rejected it.
And I found myself back at square one.