Monday, February 1, 2010

Manuscript Fix Monday: Enh...

I feel enh today.

Writing is hard.

Sometimes reading is hard, too.

Reading bad submissions is especially hard. You know the author has high hopes for their book, but your taste and theirs doesn't match. Enh.

I used to get so mad when I'd hear about a rejection that said, "I just didn't fall in love with it." I used to think that was lame. I mean...what does it mean?

It means...enh.

Editors don't open a submission with malice. Honest. At least, I don't. I want to find a great story. I want to love the story, be unable to stop reading until I've gotten to the end. I want to make the writer's dreams of publication come true.

The thing is, taste is subjective. And what you might love, I might not. Take sci-fi, for example. You might love it, with its shiny surfaces and amazing gizmos and gadgets. I respect that. But it's just not for me.

That's something I say a lot. "It's well-written, but I'm not the editor for this book," or, "I can see how this would appeal to lovers of sci-fi, but it's not for me". Or...'I just didn't fall in love with it." Ehn.

Or maybe it's just my sinuses. Remember Tony Randell's Felix Unger from The Odd Couple? Enh! Enh! Enh, enh!

Yeah...that's me.


  1. *Makes a note not to submit the sci-fi he's polishing to Cyn* ;-)


  2. That is hard. The whole business is subjected. One agent wrote, don't stop sending queries because you get ten or fifteen rejections...after 20-30 relook at your query letter and then send some more. Just because it's not for me doesn't mean it's not for somebody.

    I think those words are very true.

    As always, great post Cyn.


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