I read the Crabby Cows blog yesterday and spent the last twenty-four hours or so thinking about the post. It's long and meaty and thought-provoking. Read it HERE
(Scroll down to Thursday if they've posted another entry).
Evidently, #1's been editing unpubbed manuscripts for folks, so that they have something polished to submit to agents. A brilliant idea. It's hard to believe an editor would be so generous with her time.
But the problem is she's feeling a little guilty. Why? Because there's only so much copy edits are going to fix. Even with the excess modifiers slashed, the “dreaded words” annihilated, the telling changed to showing, etc. it’s still lacking that special spark. Kind of like putting a new, shiny paintjob on a 1972 Pinto with a blown transmission. Might look good, but it isn’t going far without a push-start.
So, what does she do? A publishing professional, she knows personal taste comes into play. But her gut instinct tells her the paintjob isn’t enough. The trans needs to be rebuilt.
The book isn’t “special” enough to get picked up.
What would you rather hear from an editor? Knowing that publishing is a subjective thing and what one editor might think is dreck another might love, would you want Crabby #1 to tell you the book’s going to languish in your dream agent’s slush forever? Or would you rather she do what she can to help you fix it and then take your chances?
Go Ahead, Share Your Thoughts! .