“…if Vonnegut wrote a novel where a dominant vampire becomes master to a naive, submissive, shape-shifting werewolf, I’m sure he would have fared better.”
Just try selling urban fantasy nowadays, after the post-Twilight flood. Teen dystopia is soon to be next on the “no” list…
A few years ago, Samuel Moffie submitted The Perfect Martini to 100 literary agents. Actually, he submitted 90% of the first twenty pages of Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions disguised as The Perfect Martini. Any guesses on his success rate? 100 out of 100, right? No. Only one agent responded positively, but that’s because the agent recognized the original author. 99 agents declined. Just to be clear, yes, the critically acclaimed, award-winning, nationally revered Kurt Vonnegut. Rejected.
Agents are concerned with commercial viability, that’s first and foremost. Period. Literary quality is a secondary bonus, if present. Now, if Vonnegut wrote a novel where a dominant vampire becomes master to a naive, submissive, shape-shifting werewolf, I’m sure he would have fared better.
Here’s the point. Why spend months, or even years, writing and submitting queries to agents who are clearly looking the other way? If they passed on Kurt Vonnegut, what chance…
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“Voluntarily submit to honest and brutal feedback.”
You, the writer, should always be receptive to valid criticism.
Remember, though, if you re-write your work just to please your critics, you lose your unique voice. The #1 pitfall critique groups can fall into is “writing by committee.”
You don’t want to follow all critiques, even if they are valid.
But when you choose not to heed a valid critique, you need to provide equally vaild reasons why you have kept it “your way.”
I learn through anecdotes, examples, illustrations, images and I LOVE acrostics. My husband and I like to go to the Thursday service at our church, namely because the week has usually pounded us soundly enough that we need some spiritual encouragement. The group we attend is small, but the point is to nurture us so we can serve as guides and be the light for others.
Anyway, this week, the lecture used an acrostic for VICTORY. I was taken aback how remarkably this acrostic applied to my own fifteen-year-journey as an author. I wanted to share an author variation with you guys, because, in a world of “instant success” it is easy to become lost, discouraged and want to give up.
Today, we will discuss V, which stands for “Voluntarily submit.”
“Submit” might be a word that raises your hackles. We’re writers. We march to the beat of our own…
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