I have this nagging question that continues to bug me.
With my own work, that I submit, I am constantly revising the first several pages of the work to make sure it GRABS the agent (or publisher) so that I have "a chance in hell" (LOL)
But you know....I, like many of you, always read other work to keep up with whats out there and ...
it sure seems strange to me that publishers like to break their own rules when it comes to printing work that breaks the rules that I, the hopeful author, feel compelled to follow.
I was reading one thriller (won't mention who) and it took this writer at LEAST 50 pages to get me really into the book. I sat there thinking, you know, I could have cut 25 pages from this and gotten the reader's interest much sooner.
And yes, I know the ones who are allowed to break the rules are given a bit of elbow room with the rules, because, of course, they have a fan base and people BUY their books. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" rules. And i accept that. To a point.
But I read many genres besides just thriller crime books. I also try to read as many first time authors (and again- of many other genres) and it sure seems there are a large number of books that are allowed a pass on the 'rules' if "grabbing the reader" in the first few pages.
And yet, when many of us submit, we get another rejection letter.
And no, many times there's no explenation--- they can't of course, their very busy.
But one of the first things we, as writers do, is go back in there and tighten the first several pages up.
Over and over and over.
And then we resubmit.
And yet, while we wait for some word on the revision....
we continue to read other books...
and there they are...
several dozen stories that ramble and ramble and ramble in the first 30 to 50 pages before getting your attention.
But then, I might be wrong.
Please feel free to correct me and I'll be properly humbled.
Sorry this sounds so cynical as one of my first postings here on the boards.
But it's so puzzling to me.
Looking forward to your collective thoughts/comments.