I just started investigating publishing options for my book manuscript and got my first rejection letter. That is, I apparently hadn’t described the book very well, and the publisher rejected a manuscript I’m not in fact writing.
Said I, “The book’s about elite settlements in late-1st Millennium Scandinavia and its working title is ‘Mead-Halls of the Eastern Geats’”.
Said they, “No thanks, we mainly publish prehistoric archaeology, not Medieval history, and not much about Scandinavia”.
Replied I, “Err, actually, the 1st Millennium is Prehistory. In Scandinavia, that is. We don’t have any written sources. So my book’s an archaeological study, and relevant to that same period in your part of the world.”
Update 16 May: Come autumn, I hope to be able to submit the manuscript here for blog-based peer review.