Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Agent Update Redux

Mr. Agent, who has a well-earned reputation as a "hands-on" sort of guy, asks that I make further changes to the book. These will be pretty major structural changes and will take me about two months, I estimate, to complete. Darn, I say. I was hoping to get a decent start on my next book. But no.

See further whinging and commentary about this turn of events here.

9 comments:

  1. Scott, you are doing great, and I know you know that this hands on kind of guy will really make your book something that will get snatched up! (Despite the Genius we already know you are)

    Here's to hoping you find some spare time to do some work on the other book, if you can.

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  2. Blimey! That sounds like a lot of work. He was supposed to tell you it was the most brilliant thing ever written and sell it for millions at auction.

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  3. P.S. "Honour" over "honor," "valour" over "valor," but never "whinging" over "whining." Come on!

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  4. Michelle: I begin to wonder if I am really now trying to make the book "better" in terms I believe in, or "better" in terms of marketability. I'll attempt to sort that moral question out while I revise the novel.

    Lois: Yeah, imagine my consternation! Jeff laughed when I told him I'd expected him to have already auctioned the book for a bazillion dollars. Maybe that'll be the next thing I hear from him, after the end of August.

    Justus: "whinging" is a fine word. It has a shade of meaning that mere "whining" lacks.

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  6. Ha ha. You're out to get me, aren't you?

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  7. There are two ways to do edits. One, on your own, before you have an agent or editor. The problem with that is you don't know if you're really making it better or just treading water.

    The way you're doing edits, in consultation with someone else (and if your story sells, you may have to do more for an editor) has the great advantage that at least it is going somewhere. But of course, it might not feel as personal, or under your control. You may even question some of the changes -- I presume this is partly what you meant when you wondered if the present changes were to make the book "better" or just more "marketable." ?

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  8. Tara: Yeah, the lack of direct control is making me feel like my beautiful novel is now just product. Which, of course, it has to be if I expect someone to buy (and sell) it. I've come to the conclusion that my agent's suggestions (which are all about how the story is told, mostly centering around the order in which some early events take place) are good ideas, and I can incorporate them while still writing a book of which I'll be proud. But your general point is important: the revisions now are very focused and have definite purpose. I complained about his first suggestions back in March, but the book was much better after I revised then. Likely I'll feel the same way after this revision.

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