Reblogged from TRSA:
Is it a Good Idea?
We all start our writing stories that we’d want to hear. How do we take it beyond that? To what the reader would want to grab hold of as quick as possible? Patience and rewriting. Who would have guessed that readers wanted to read about a Hobbit and a hole? A trip through a closet? A boy who lost his parents and finds out he’s from a wizard family? Families fighting for an Iron Throne. It’s obvious that the writers of these books care about their characters. They were the first readers. Every author is that for their story. Does it mean that it’s publishable? For some, yes, for others, no. But that’s what rewriting is about.
Rewriting is important.
Anyone that tries to submit a first draft to an agent or publisher is wasting their time. There’s a lot of competition out there that follows the rules, puts in the work. They’re going to be chosen first. The reason? They put the time in. That gets agents and publishers excited. They see possibilities, promise. Of course, usually more edits are in the future but that will lead to publication with a stronger book. Working with your agent and editor pays off in the end. Not to say that all their recommendations have to be followed but consider whether that change would make your work better or not.
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