I read it with relish.
For months now something about The-Novel-Previously-Known-As-Silver has been bothering me. First I thought it was the structure but lately I've been thinking about the plot.
Lorena's fiction shortfalls include;
- the conflict not being strong enough
- plot holes
- too many red herrings
- the conflict not escalating
- the sequel trap
- loose ends
That was it! That's what's wrong with the manuscript!
It's obvious really and right in front of me all along, I just needed to read it in black and white and out of context.
Now my mind is whirring with solutions but I can't touch the manuscript until the publisher comes back to me.
I know, I know, I shouldn't have submitted my manuscript anywhere until I was absolutely ready. But I followed the rules; put it away for a while and then come back to it. In fact, I did this twice. I was happy with it. The truth is that writers are always learning and growing and I've learned enough since finishing the fourth or fifth draft of The-Novel-Previously-Known-As-Silver to know that I went wrong somewhere.
So where does that leave me? I won't tell you where I've gone wrong because it's actually embarrasing and I should know better. It's also glaringly obvious from the synopsis, which can mean one of two things;
- the publisher is rubbish and doesn't know what they're doing!
- it isn't actually that much of a big deal! It's still a good premise and worthy of reading.