4 Responses to “Don’t count on being a Cinderella story”

  1. Chandra Ryan August 17, 2010 at 3:41 PM #

    Great post and particularly timely for me. I recently let my husband read a novel of mine before submitting it. And, even though it’d gone through two complete rewrites and weeks of polishing, his verdict was the pacing was off at the end. It lagged after a build up. I glared at him, maybe even growled a little, but then had to rewrite the entire ending before submitting because he was right. Yeah it was hard. And it was a lot of work after all ready putting tons of work into the story. But I would’ve kicked myself if the story had been rejected for something I knew was wrong but didn’t want to fix.

  2. Dara Young August 17, 2010 at 5:34 PM #

    OMG! Yes! It is so hard when you have looked at the MS until you want to puke and then you realize…uh I need to fix that. Sigh. Thank you for confirming my worst nightmare. Really. Thank you for the sanity check. *off to edit current WIP*

  3. Pamala Knight August 17, 2010 at 6:28 PM #

    *Sigh* So sad but true. I’m also guilty of being too in love with a manuscript where there are things that aren’t “wrong” per se, but making changes would certainly make it better. I put it off over and over because I did actually like it the other way, but it’s amazing how much better it is now. Fourteen more chapters to go.

    Thanks for the great advice.

  4. Sandy August 31, 2010 at 8:44 AM #

    I might suspect something is wrong, but I don’t know what it is. If I’m told what is wrong I would fix it. I certainly want my book to be the best it can be.

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