Author Topic: The literary/commercial divide (help)  (Read 3260 times)

Offline Duff

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Re: The literary/commercial divide (help)
« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2011, 06:39:20 AM »
Locke, nothing specific about pacing or connection to character. Some is generic form, some very complimentary things about the writing, please submit again, a couple of " rooted for your MC but don't think I can sell this" kind of things.

I don't know. I think I need some distance. You wish someone would tell you it requires more editorial work, or the MC does too much navel gazing or whatever, but I'm sure many agents don't want to open that up for discussion.

Offline dana

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Re: The literary/commercial divide (help)
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2011, 08:05:06 AM »
Do you really think they bother reading deeply and thinking "this could be fixed if...." :hmm:

That's not their job unless they stand a financial gain by helping.

Their assistant looks at the first sentence and knows not to bother his boss with it.

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Re: The literary/commercial divide (help)
« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2011, 10:51:29 AM »
The best rejections came directly from the agents, for sure. And one came from a newer agent who still has time to comment. Of course, there's one I can't be sure the 'requesting' agent ever saw.

Oh well. I still had a fantastic time writing it--and there's more of that to come.  I won't let any amount of rejection take that away from me.  ;D

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Re: The literary/commercial divide (help)
« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2011, 10:57:34 AM »
I stroked a "new" agent last night.   :-*:  I did such a bang-up job that HIS rejection will mean more than all the others put together.   :bash:
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Re: The literary/commercial divide (help)
« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2011, 03:53:43 PM »
Dana. Chill.

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Re: The literary/commercial divide (help)
« Reply #20 on: January 28, 2011, 08:02:27 PM »
Chill....chilling...suspense...genre...what genre is my manuscript...

I can't get the hang of chilling.

Chilling...chili...barbecue...pork...pig...farm...E I E I O

Nope.  Not working.

Not working...unemployment...deployment...rockets...spaceships...

STILL CAN'T RELAX.

Don't know what I'm doing wrong...