STATUS: Today I’m in Boston to meet with editors out here.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? RIDE LIKE THE WIND by Christopher Cross
I think it’s important not to read too much into this week’s posts. It’s too easy to say “darn, editors aren’t looking for what I’m writing” or “yippee, they are” and believe it’s a sure thing.
Not really. Editors just talk about what’s uppermost in their minds at the moment of conversation. They could get back to the office and think of 5 other things they wished they had said.
Not to mention, every editor I’ve talked to this week has told me that a fresh, original voice trumps everything.
So maybe right now they are tired of seeing submissions for let’s say a vampire paranormal YA. Surely the market has seen enough of them! But then that manuscript lands on their desk that changes their mind because the voice is so good and the story line is incredibly original. They love it and sure enough, there’s room for one more.
Happens all the time.
A writer’s voice is the singularly most important aspect of writing and I hear that from editors with every conversation.
A writer can have a good, high concept idea but without voice… it’s a car with an engine but it’s not going anywhere.
And plot can be fixed. Voice can’t. You either have it or you don’t.
So if you are a struggling-to-publish writer, honing your voice should be your top priority.