Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Now What Do You Do?

Okay, so the manuscript wasn't quite what the editor wanted. She's asked you to resubmit after you've worked "really hard". I know it's an ego crush to hear your baby isn't good enough.

But think about it this way: no one really gets it right on the first try.

Where would scientists be without experiments? Where would dancers be without practice? Do you really think actors just walk on set and get the scene in one take every time?

Ummm, no.

There are some out there who think writing is a get rich quick scheme. I hate to break it to you... it's not. Yes, there are writers out there who sell LOTS of books and there are those who make the NYTimes Bestseller list. They have also worked their behinds off to get there. And the book on the list, more than likely isn't their first ever book.

Now I'll be honest, there are some who do strike it rich on the first book. I'd be willing to bet that that book wasn't their first foray into writing. Many writers start out BLOGGING, writing articles for the newspaper, or in freelance journalism. In other words, they wrote before they wrote.

So back to the resubmission... I've been there a few times myself. It is frustrating, but if you get past the frustration and personal pain of rejection, you'll find that the changes are things that will HELP the work.

Are you worried that the editor will change the flavor of your work? Or change your voice? It might, but I doubt it. Your book will sound like the voice you gave it if you stay in command of the manuscript. A good editor will keep what you have built and help you to build on that foundation to make the work stronger. I promise.

Well, enough of my soapbox for today... I need to find some eye candy.



Unknown said...

I'm waiting to hear the decision on a resubmission. Will she ask for more revisions before accepting? Did I kill the story and it's even worse now?

Several years ago I made horrible revision scars. The editor didn't catch them - the reviewer did. It's hard to revise a lot. After awhile I get confused and can't remember if I'm honestly rereading something left twice in the manuscript or if I'm just remembering from rereading so many times.

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

I know how you feel. I'm waiting to hear back about a couple of submissions (well, one's a resub), and I'mn worried she won't like it or that I've really screwed it up...

I know how you feel. Guess we'd better team up again soon. : )