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!