Well it seems (at least among the commenting readers of my last post) that I have a slightly skewed perspective from the rest of you. I read the agent’s suggestion as ‘Needs work, but could possibly have potential.’ Am I weird to not find that all that exciting? I mean there’s something to be said for it not being an outright rejection…then again, it means more work with no guarantee.

I don’t want to sound whiny here–I’m just trying to keep things in perspective. I have queries out to a few other agents, and I’m anxious to see what they say. Could be they don’t like the manuscript at all, could be it’s not right for their lists, or it could be that they want to see other sorts of changes. Impossible to say.

That said, I’m going to begin the tightening process today. See where it gets me.

Posted in Uncategorized on 05/27/2008 02:33 pm


  1. Check out Bookends blog today. Jessica Faust, talks about this. It’s a great post.

  2. If it were me I would take out every letter a & then send it back to the agent calling him a butcher, you probably shouldn’t listen to me. I’m sure you’ll do a great job.

  3. Kate Diamond

    Congratulations on such a big step! It does sound like a promising lead.

    If this agent sounds like someone you’d like to work with (and you agree that the specific feedback is fair), then I think you should do the editing. Sucks, yeah, but you just might get an agent out of the whole deal!

  4. Edits are tough, but it’s so helpful to have outside eyes on your MS. Give it a try and see where it leads…you can always go back to the original!

  5. Revisions are….one of my favorite things to do. Not being sarcastic.

    Have fun with it!

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