Monday, August 06, 2007

Bad reports and foot rubbing

Got my report on The Gifting from The Literary Consultancy today. Groan. They really hated it. I was utterly depressed after reading through it – twice – and still am actually. I don’t think this is because there are particularly huge amounts of changes to do, from what I can tell – certainly I had more changes to do for A Dangerous Man, and the tone of the report there was very much more positive – but it’s just the overall feeling of this report that’s getting me down. Plus there was a lot of general stuff in it about things I already know. So I’ve struggled to glean from it the changes I consider they’re suggesting and which I can make. Unlike all the other reports I’ve received from TLC, it really doesn’t inspire me to crack on with it either. I suspect therefore that if – and today it’s a VERY big if – I use them again, I shall make sure to ask not to have that particular editor.

Lord alone knows what someone would have done if they’d been a first-time novelist and this was their first editorial report. God preserve them! Some of it was very condescending indeed. I’m more than peed off, and at least I’ve been round the writing block a few times. Still, it’s left me feeling totally gutted, and that I won’t be doing any new novel stuff for a while after I’ve got this rewrite out of the way. Shit like this just makes novel-writing feel like a chore, rather than enjoyable. And, as you generally get enough crap elsewhere in the writing world, novel-writing ought to, at the very least, be enjoyable.

Other stuff of today – work was so-so, but my lunchtime reflexology session was good. I think I fell asleep a couple of times during the session, so obviously needed that. Tonight, I’ve got to do the shopping on the way home (double groan), and there’s sod all on TV. Damn those autumn schedules indeed.

Oh and some nice stuff – at last! – I’ve joined the Erotic Authors Association, and thanks to Erastes for allowing me onto the membership list, even though only a small proportion of my novels are erotic. Maybe that’s a cue to do more – and not use bloody TLC again. TLC my arse, eh.

And I've just finished the latest edition of Brittle Star poetry magazine - very enjoyable as usual. Inspired by something (but Lord alone knows what), I've written this:


All the women
at work
are wearing brown today.

Perhaps I didn't get
the email
telling me what to wear.

Still, brown doesn't suit me.
Then again,
neither does work.

Not much else has happened really, and I’m still feeling churned up and not really able to concentrate on much else. There are definitely two De-Stress pills with my name on tonight. And at least one good strong whisky. Maybe more.

Today’s nice things:

1. Reflexology
2. Joining the Erotic Authors Association
3. Whisky.

Anne Brooke
Anne's website
Pink Champagne and Apple Juice
Goldenford Publishers


Cathy said...

Oh dear. But that is just one person's view. Perhaps you could put it out to another consultancy or freelance editor? After all, not everyone is going to like everything...

Hope the de-stress pills and alcohol work. Anything good on TV tonight to take your mind off it?


Anne Brooke said...

I'm not sure I want to put myself through that again, Cathy - though thanks for the thought!

Pills are great, thanks - will take another later and be so spaced out I won't even remember my own name, aha!


Anonymous said...

What is it with people like this. Is it beyond their ability simply to look at something and point out ways in which they think it can be improved? Why do they have to get judgemental? All it does is make them look stupid and displays their prejudices and their weakness They are the one who is in the wrong job. Not you.

Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Graeme - appreciate the support hugely!



Gatepost productions said...

Loved 'Uniform'.... made me smile ...made a sunny smiling day sunnier

Anne Brooke said...

Thanks for that, Telmis - glad it made you smile!