I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Revise

February 18th, 2009 • Kate

T.S. Ferguson, an editor at Little Brown Books for Young Readers, has a great post up on his blog about the correlation between finding an editor, and finding a boy/girlfriend. As an agent looking at a ton of queries (more on that soon — I’m trying to come up with some numbers for you!), there’s a lot I agree with. Like this:

Sometimes you need to work on things before you’re ready to establish a relationship. If the relationship is worth it and the work is reasonable, it’s often worth it to put the time in beforehand. It can lead to great things in the future.

I can’t think of a better way to explain the need to revise before submitting!
Check out T.S.’s whole list and let me know if you can think of any other similarities — or do you think the search for an agent or editor is NOTHING like finding a date? Sing out in the comments!

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5 Responses to “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Revise”

  1. Jamie Harrington Says:

    HAHA This is so true, even in your critique groups! I will look at my stuff and be like… wow I never should have sent them THAT… they deserve better than this crap, and I will be all apologetic… maybe next time I should send flowers?

  2. Julia Says:

    I think it's pretty true – something I've thought about before!

  3. chocolateinspir Says:

    I loved that post. Thanks for the link.
    I thought #8 was interesting because that's really true for any relationship but I never thought of it for books. But it makes total sense.

  4. Amy Sue Nathan Says:

    I love the comparisons.
    And as a single mom in her 40's, I'd say that with experience comes savvy and no tolerance for settling.
    That's for dating and with my writing!

  5. Sarah Frances Hardy Says:

    We posted about the similarities between dating and publishing on our blog a few months ago.
    Same kind of emotional roller coaster!
    Sarah Frances