Saturday, December 05, 2009

Another entry on "instant rejection"

There are now six ways to be instantly rejected.

The new, sixth, one is this:

The novel isn't finished. Finishing a novel is just the first part of writing it. After you finish, you edit. Then you let it sit for a while. Then you edit again.

If you think you're going to be done soon when you've only written 85% of the book, you're wrong. And you're also getting a rejection.

Query ONLY when you can send the fully finished and carefully edited novel as soon as I request it.

3 comments:

Steena Holmes said...

who knew a finished novel was so necessary? LOL

jdanetyler said...

Oh, so NOW you agents want FINISHED novels, too?! You're so unreasonable and demanding! There's no pleasing you!

:)

Stephanie said...

LOL at the above poster!!!

I still am in complete shock that people try to pitch something that is not finished. Even in the very beginning, when I knew absolutely nothing...I never ever had any desire to seek publication till my novel was finished. (it sucked, but at least it was finished!)