“Hard Yet Encouraging Truths” including the following topics:
AT 1: Sometimes You Still Hook ‘Em & There is Life After Failure
AT 2: Writing in a Saturated Genre
Here is part 3:
We’ll tell the truth but always hope we can give SOME good news instead of just CHANGE EVERYTHING! Which may be honest but not so nice to hear
Agents and editors obviously see the same scenarios, but on a very different playing field. They have to look at what’s presented and think: “Is this engaging? Does this make sense? What’s the substance here? Is it accessible? What does this offer readers today?” and so on. If you are one of the lucky ones who get specific feedback at this stage – especially if it’s from an agent who says they’ll look at it again if you make certain revisions – it is your (or my) best interest to at least consider that. After all, they are giving you a glimpse of their view on the publishing world, and how you can win your way into the inner circle.
Sad but true – Great quote to new writers ‘You are always going
to be told it’s a bad time in publishing’
Q: How would you rank: killer high concept, impeccable craft or stellar platform
Battle plans are in abundance to attack the first two items if there is a deficiency in that area; but nothing replaces good writing except for long, arduous hours of writing. And more writing. And editing and writing. And writing and editing. Then more writing. Edit some more. Repeat ad nauseum.
Discouraging? Yes. But that doesn’t get around the fact that good writing is foundational to everything else. There’s no point in pitching an idea, establishing a platform, and being the most visible soul on every social media known to man if there isn’t solid, substantive writing behind it. As writers, we all need “impeccable craft.”
How we do that, however, is another discussion entirely….
This wraps up the first series of “Hard Yet Encouraging Truths” from the Agent Tweets series.
Coming next week: Part One of the “Blunt Honesty” tweets.
Questions, comments, insights? Let me know!