Saturday, October 2, 2010
I must say, it really warms my cockles when successful revisions go on to garner requests for partials and fulls. I'm also very pleased that several I had a heavy hand in (on this blog and others) have even wound up as part of a published book's promotional material. Some successes have been shared directly with me; some I've learned about through the back door. Regardless, I'm always thrilled. Who doesn't want to feel the hours they're investing have some payoff in the end?
Of course, I don't always hit homeruns with my revises. I can pretty well tell upfront the ones I've gotten right from the ones that still need work. Maybe I miss seeing something obvious. Maybe I'm just not "getting" it for whatever reason. Maybe right then I'm at a point where I can't string two coherent sentences of my own together. It happens. That's when I -- and the author! -- rely on commenters to come along and set things right.
I've seen some really amazing and insightful comments here, along with some brilliant revisions. I appreciate them because I know the authors of the works in question appreciate them. I also appreciate when commenters unapologetically come along and say, "I disagree with Phoenix on Point X" or "Nope, Phoenix blew it on that one. Here's a MUCH better approach," because they're usually right. Revisions on this blog are not about my ego (ouch!), but about helping writers come up with the BEST marketing tool to get their mss noticed.
Sadly, comments have fallen off a bit lately (like you haven't noticed). Now, I don't mind continuing to do critiques just as I have been. I'm simply paying it forward for the help I've received on my own journey. The blog is averaging about 120 hits a day when queries and synopses are posted and I'm thinking those who are coming by are absorbing best practices and lessons learned, so in some way I may be helping a greater audience than just one person for each critique I do. But I hate that the query and synopsis writers are losing a rich variety of perspective when so few people comment.
So here's where I need YOUR advice: What's the best approach for soliciting more comments here? Should I simply post out a revision, say, on Monday, let you guys comment first, then come back with my comments on Tuesday? Or is it OK for me to do the first critique because those folk inclined to doing critiques (and each of you has been fabulous, if I do say so!) are just getting burned out? Or is there something else in the mix that we can try?
And yes, I'm perfectly aware of the irony in asking you to comment on how to get more comments ;o)