Saturday, March 20, 2010

Possibly Some of the Best Advice Ever

From the consistently entertaining Rejectionist. I feel bad enough about being a bad blogger lately; why does le R have to rub it in with awesome posts?

This advice goes for getting yourself an editor, too.


Anonymous said...

I loved this post as well, and the idea that it's a relationship like any other really bears repeating.

And perhaps this is the answer to the horde (who lately seem louder) of would-be authors advocating any of:

Why can't you fill out a form saying WHY my work "isn't right for you"?

Why can't you tell me what's wrong with my query instead of just rejecting me?

Why can't you tell me what's wrong with my writing instead of just rejecting me?

Because that's why we have friends. It's not our desired date's job to tell us why she's just not that into us, and it's not the agent or the editor's job to be our teacher or our critique group.

sarah mccarry said...

Awww! Thanks! Assistants don't have to work as hard as editors, so they have more time to frolic on the tinterwebs. YOU'RE busy doing important services for LITERATURE.

IanBontems said...

Thanks for the heads-up, EA. That post by R was great.

I guess the message I take away from it(other than far too much info on how to bag a guy), is it's mainly about the book.

Compromise, polish, and the willingness to move the story forward rather than keep it stuck in some past unworkable state are what counts.

That and having a great story to start with of course.

I'm working on it.

Cheers, EA and R.

Linda said...

Welcome back, EA. Understand you're busy, but just letting you know your posts are appreciated.

ae said...


Yes true but...

Number 4.... I can't stop laughing.... I can't.... stop.... laughing.

Unknown said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. no problem no life, no matter did not learn, so enjoy it :)

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