167 thousand words? Lot of effort and work for that reaction! But perhaps it's good advice
Well, I guess a writer's gotta start somewhere. LOLJoe_Nobody said:I finished up my new mega-novel (167,000 words) a few weeks ago and sent it to my editor.
This book is an evolution for me in many ways - my first self-contained work of fiction (all others are a series); I wanted to write a story without excessive gun play; A wanted to stress the importance of relationships in survival.
As I've posted before, my editor is a full-time employee. We call her Lou Grant in-a-skirt on good days, the English Nazi on bad days.
I knew something was wrong when she called a few days ago, suggesting we meet for coffee rather than the typical routine at the office.
Here are the major highlights of the conversation:
"Joe, I know you're aware that Amazon's 'look inside' preview is the most important selling tool, so I have to ask. When you wrote this, were you trying to sell books or cure global insomnia?"
"Joe, you previous works were action, action, action, dialog. This work is dialog, dialog, dialog, narrative. You don't write well enough to pull that off."
"You used violence in your previous works. Violence and action in a novel will overcome limited writing, just like special effects in a movie will overcome a limited script. This book has no special effects and no writing."
"It's not a total loss, Joe. I would estimate only 10 of the 16 chapters require a total re-write. The others simply require weeks of work. I like the story though."
So the good news? First of all, I got free Starbucks. Secondly, she likes the story. Finally, you should've heard what she said about the previous books - this was a good day!