See, I'm a member of the "I've already finished my first book"club. Have been for a while. I have a stack of ideas for what comes next. I'm already 4/7ths of the way through my first draft for the sequel. When I read agent submission guidelines that encourage writers to have their manuscripts in the best possible shape, I smile, nod my head and think of all the idiots who don't spend enough time editing.
Well, I might be one of those idiots.
Sure, my writing is clean, my characters well-defined, and the plot will make your head explode from sheer awesomeness.
However, maybe... maybe the writing is just a little... urg, well, dry. Just a tad too influenced by all the weighty, important novels that I read. Lacking freshness? Vitality? Immediacy?
My sister, who is as much of a book nerd as I am, asserted to me that, "Your book should definitely get published! It's better than 85% of the books currently on the shelves." Take it with a grain of sand, of course. She is my sister. Though, she does have her moments of brutal honesty. Here's the thing. The above statement should seem quite complimentary. It should be a sign to proceed, a sign of approval, a sign that this is meant to be.
Yet... 85%? I think I can do better.
Guitar Hero - Amanda Palmer