The hardest part about being a writer isn’t the writing (or it shouldn’t be), but rather the waiting for an editor to say “I LOVE IT!” or “Thank you sir/madam for your submission but your story/novel/haiku is not the right fit for us.”
To hell with instant gratification, I prefer instant REJECTION. Waiting to be rejected?! That’s nuts!
Yes, editors are busy, and yes, all submissions must be received before decisions are made so that the best COLLECTION can be created. I understand all that. I was an editor, too. That doesn’t mean I have to like it. 🙂
What I hope all the submission editors I contact understand is that a story may be my baby, but I’m not adverse to editor-suggested surgery to make my baby a better fit.
Literary Liposuction for the drawn-out ending? DONE!
Bookish Botox to fill in the historical flavouring? DONE and DONE!
Adjective Implants to lift the prose above average? Hell yah!
A Motivation Manicure to give the tale a more refined touch? Just tell me where and when!
Point of View Nip & Tuck? What are we waiting for?!
Writers not willing to make refinements might just have an overinflated view of the value of their work. Of course editors wanting to take a Flowers For Algernon-type tale and make it a space opera with Einstein-the-ape and a world-eating turtle who gains and loses intelligence need to be… well… use your imagination.
Just my collected and typed thoughts for the day before I actually pretend to get down to the task of writing.
That’s it, that’s all.
Ciao for now,