Help! This book is Horrid!
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Typically, I would weigh the novels strengths and weakness against each other. However, this novel leaves absolutely nothing to praise (and it's almost 400 pages long!). What should I do? I want to maintain a good relationship with the publicist, but I've read better rough drafts in college.
Back when I was a "small publisher" I had a couple of books come in that were fascinating but exhibited the word-skills of my 11-year-old. In one case (with the blessing of the "author") I completely re-wrote the fiction half of the book (it was an NLP training manual with a fictional "expression" of the techniques) to make it publishable ... it sounds like the book you're looking at needed an invisible re-write too!
i understand your pain. bu then there are the myriad self-published gems i've run across. there is a young man named jeff
lamb whose story for ages seven on up through to adult (i guess, since i loved it!) was discoveered at an "author's fair" event. his only problem is he needs a proofreader badly, bd the story keeps y0ou going. i want his other two books, but i've lost his email et al and i hope i run into him again. then there are the many, many self-published who are today house-hold names. pat conroy self-published his first four books; john irving his first three; hemingway his first two; poe most of his stuff; et ceteral. keep the faith, ma'am. review one of mine. i trust my skill enoiugh to pay you for lambasting me.
After a month or six weeks -- having had a chance to read at least one manuscript from everyone in the group -- I learned that I and three or four other members were the only writers in the group. Of the other two dozen, the best one could say is that they all thought they wanted to be writers. I say they thought they wanted to be writers because none of them had a clue about what it means to actually be a writer, i.e.: they had no care for grammar, spelling, syntax, punctuation, or "any of that nit-picky shit." In short, they were the type of people one finds in "remedial composition" classes at community colleges nationally. They spent 12 or more years in public schools without learning to read or write. I used to wonder what eventually became of them. Now I know: they grow up and join writers groups at bookstores because they don't know enough to understand that they're illiterate.
They submit a manuscript to group scrutiny in May. In July, they get the scrutinized manuscripts back with written suggestions for revision. In September, they submit their "revised" manuscripts for additional scrutiny. Their idea of corrections are to take that misplaced modifier out of the sentence and misplace it again just two or three sentences down the page. The reason they misapplied that metaphor you made note of is that they didn't know what it meant in the first place. But they liked the sound of it so they misapplied it again two or three pages ahead of/behind the scene of the first crime. Etc., ad nauseum.
There's no profit in dealing with such people unless you have a sense of humor that runs in their direction. If you're the kind of person who likes to sit in asylums and laugh at what you see in such places, I say: "Shine it on, Dude!" Otherwise I'd recommend that you get your review copies from another publisher. There's no point in dealing with any press that's willing to put such slop between two pieces of cardboard and call it a book -- even if they DO charge a hundred million bucks for the flattery.
What makes you think they went to a Public School? I started in PS in 9th grade; spent K-8 in a private, parochial school. It was clear to me that the kids from the Public School had the advantage, scholastically.
I said: "That's fine with me. You come up with the stories and do all the legwork. I'll write the stories and we'll run a dual byline and split the money."
"No!" she said. "I get the whole byline. You do the legwork and write the stories and I'll pay you 10 percent."
Yup. I'm serious, too.