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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
6:54 AM | Posted by Jen FitzGerald | | Edit Post
I'm not an acquiring editor, though I wouldn't mind being one. I've submitted exactly one manuscript to an editor and received a rejection. As I said on Monday, the reason for rejection was because the editor didn't feel my manuscript fit the line I was submitting to. Which is fine, though she didn't say specifically how.
Over the years, a lot of authors, aspiring and otherwise have received rejections from agents and editors that really told then nothing except no. Reasons for rejections are generally vague at best and leave the writer frustrated and wondering what she might need to do to make her book wanted.
Sometimes, the answer really is nothing. Being an acquiring editor is, I think, a lot like judging a contest. You receive a slew of submissions and must read all levels of writing, from the beginner who is nowhere near ready to be published (that's what the contests are for) to the prolific writer who's been around the block a few times.
Since January, I've judged three RWA chapter contests with a total of sixteen entries. Of those sixteen entries, there have been two entries that I would have loved to have gotten my hands on the rest of the manuscripts. What was about them that made me cry out in dismay when I reached the end of the 25 pages I read?
It's that elusive thing I'll call SPARK. Some might say voice, but I can appreciate someone's unique voice without the writing sparking at me and making me want to read the whole damn book. In one sitting.
SPARK is subjective. What sparks for me doesn't spark for everyone.
And SPARK doesn't always equate to a higher score in a contest. Conversely, a higher score doesn't always mean an entry has that spark. That entry mentioned above--it didn't receive the highest score of the entries I judged.
The very last question on the score sheet for this last contest asks: After completing the selection, how much did you want to read more of the story? I get to answer by way of a number rating, 1 to 5. One being not very much and five being very much indeed.
The last couple of entries I read received relatively high marks from me overall. But when asked this last question, I'm compelled to rate them rather low. And why? Because, for me they didn't SPARK.
If you judge contests, are you a generous judge or a tough judge in terms of score? Do you give comments/feedback to the entrant?
- Jen FitzGerald
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Read in Mar 2016
- Omnibus by dhampir72
- Lay It Down by dhampir72
- Sleeping With James Bond by dhampir72
- The Hand I Want to Hold Forever by dhampir72
- Favours by dhampir72
- Sigh No More by dhampir72
- To the Sticking Place by blueink3
- Wars We Fought, Things We're Not by blueink3
- Crush by stereobone
- Synchronicity by stereobone
- Call Him Love by itsallfine
- Sleep Deprivation is No Excuse by elenothar
- When the Sun Goes Down and No Stars Light the Night by elenothar
- Pitfalls of the Odd Pagan Holiday by elenothar
- Wooing Rituals of the James Bond Variety by elenothar
- How Q Hacked Online Dating by JayEz
- Our Final Problem by JayEz
- Five Years Isn't So Long by scioscribe
- Amber by scioscribe
- Home (and Country) by scioscribe
- Cuckoo by scioscribe
- Fallible Creatures by scioscribe
- Dramatic Arts by scioscribe
- A Pox on All Your Machines by scioscribe
- Love and Other Hazardous Materials by Luchia
- Amenable by resonant
- Practical Angora Goat Raising by lavvyan
- Tantalus by moonblossom
- Whoredom in Egypt by ancientreader
- Let Them Howl by alex_caligari
- Rearranged by itsallfine
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Read in Jan 2016
- Practical Johnkeeping by what_alchemy
- Unwasted by patternofdefinace
- Chemistry and Crooked Shelves by 221b_careful_what_you_wish_for
- Two Days by PoppyAlexander
- Two Days by tweedisgood
- A Sense of Scale by alphera
- We Are Only Human by TennantsLittleKitten
- Checkmate by TennantsLittleKitten
- A Married Man by Persophones_Keeper
- A Time of Beauty by akashathekitty
- What Dreams May Come by danlef
- No Bangs Without Foreign Office Approval by reckonedrightly
- Save the Last Dance for Me by Lilith (Citrine)
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- The Violet Hour by breathedout
- Drunk With Your Kiss by Biswholocked
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