Its that time again.... Insecure Writer's Gang, here I am!
And--oh--am I SO all over the insecure thing or WHAT this month...
What happens when the agent you've just received a full ms request from, declares after reading, that she does not like anything about your ms?
That was not a rhetorical question.
I really WOULD like to know.
|"Excited Julie" face|
See, cause I just got sandblasted by this agent I was REALLY excited about the possibility of working with. Lets not even mention the fact that she was a totally like-minded individual that I'd probably be bosom buddies with in another life, and just go strait to the part where she asked for the whole freakin' thing after a COLD CONTACT EMAIL QUERY, THREE FULL CHAPTERS, AND A MEASLY TWO DAY WAIT!!!! I about died when I got her request.
With happiness, that is. But then...
Not really, loser. Shoulda known it NEVER works out that easy.
After another short wait, she contacts me back and--although VERY polite-- pretty much tells me she doesn't like anything about my book. Not my characters. Not my humor. Not my plot line. And not my third person writing style, which she called an "omnipotent narrator."
Not that she wasn't nice about it, of course. In fact, I almost didn't even realize that she was telling me off, since she was so sugary-sweet-let-me-down-easy kind of nice.
But then I got to reading... and reading... and REreading that rejection, and I done found out that she didn't really like ANY of it!
|"Sad Julie" face|
Talk about crushed hopes and dreams.
After drowning my sorrows in Diet Coke, taking my angst out on poor Hubbs, then seriously considering scrapping my ENTIRE ms and starting over from scratch (don't worry, my critique group talked me off the ledge), I started wondering if anything she said had merit. And if so, how do I tell?? When an important someone in the publishing industry tells you that some of your favorite (and major plot line) aspects of your book totally sucked.... what do you do?