So, I finally had the resolve to open up the synopsis response email and it wasn’t nearly as tragic as I feared (which is good since I was fearing a massacre of Jurrasic proportions). She told me that my premise was saleable – once again not the genre I specified though – and suggested some changes that I can easily fix.
So, why am I not over the moon then? Well, she also told me that it seems like I overwrite and she thinks there’s a good book in there but it took a scythe to get it. Now I did throw a few sentences in there that didn’t tell what was happening with the plot to try and convey a sense of my style and if synopsis is all about word conservation then i get that.
But what if that’s not just it? What if she’s telling me that I overwrite all the time, that my book is a great big mess of a jungle that no one is ever going to hike through because it’s just too much trouble? Now I understand that if I ever get this damn thing on a bookshelf it won’t be what it is now but i think I’d rather never get it there if it means going for word economy and cutting out everything that’s special about it. Maybe I just need to find the right agent, the right publisher to go take the chance but this doesn’t seem like the path of great risktakers if everyone is only worried in what will sell right now.
So the question is – am I delusional? Do I overwrite? I know that I think the beautiful nature of the words is the most important thing but I don’t think they’re purple, not just there to take up space and ramble and complicate things. If that’s how I want to evoke an image or a feeling, why can’t I?
Man, if this is how much stress and second guessing I have now, imagine if this actually ever happens. I will become the biggest basketcase that ever lived or learn the get over what other people think. There’s a lesson in there somewhere I think -it just might take a scythe to fine it.
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