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Advice please! sent in rewrite, had a better idea!

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Guilianna Mon 07-Jul-14 13:33:01

An agent has a rewrite of mine only I've just decided to make a change that makes it much better - would you send in the revised synopsis now or wait? the ms has gone through so many changes but is IT! I think ... help, what's the etiquette!

Guilianna Thu 10-Jul-14 22:16:52

I know I'm being flaky, I am irritating myself now. arghhh

MadameDefarge Mon 14-Jul-14 00:54:32

If they like it as it is, and it shows promise, they will be interested.

It would unlikely that a final tweak would make the difference between a yay or or any.

Remember no one is as invested in this piece of writing as you. For your own sake, step back, take a deep breath and understand that the quality of your writing, whether its marketable or not, will already be evident in what you have submitted.

And also understand that it might just not be their cup of tea.

Learning to take rejection calmly will really help. For feedback, join a creative writing group, don't ask those who have rejected an MS to give a detailed feedback.

Its not about you often. Out of the hundred or so MS submitted a week when I was in an agency, I can hand on heart say in two yeas I only found one good submission.

Just so you know the kind of volume, if not quality you are up against. There is no way an agent would be economically viable if they gave in depth reports for every submission.

There are literary consultancies who WILL critique you work for a fee. Check out the reputable ones if you feel this would help you move your book forward.

MadameDefarge Mon 14-Jul-14 00:59:59

oh, I see from another thread that you have been asked to do the rewrite by an agent.

I would suggest posting on that thread rather than starting a new one with not much info, as I see I did not need to bother writing all that down.

Guilianna Mon 14-Jul-14 11:55:37

Sorry! I did find your advice useful and somewhat calming, in any case! it's such a long and uncertain process. Thank you for responding.

MadameDefarge Mon 14-Jul-14 11:59:54

sorry for being grumpy.

Guilianna Mon 14-Jul-14 16:55:54

Not at all! like I said, I'm irritating myself right now!

BigPawsBrown Sat 26-Jul-14 14:49:51

Did you hear back?

Guilianna Sat 26-Jul-14 23:38:48

Not about the first R&R, no. Still following up the suggestions for the second, and it has changed loads. Better! I hope.

BigPawsBrown Sun 27-Jul-14 00:41:08

Good luck. I got an agent this week. Keep the faith! grin

Guilianna Sun 27-Jul-14 13:28:15

Wow BPB, congratulations! really great news!

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