I mentioned Tuesday that I wasn't inspired to try any revisions on my manuscript of doom. Truth is, I'm a little depressed (like clinically) about my manuscripts in general. Why? We send out mss. If we're lucky, we get comments. We revise per those comments; we send it out again. Wash, rinse, repeat, ad nauseum.
At what point does the manuscript stop being mine? Major plot changes, POV changes, additions of subplots and layers, the list goes on. What I end up with might be a fantastic novel, but can I really take credit for it, when it took a village to get it there? Do all novels go through this? Does it really take a writer, a critique group or three, a beta reader, an agent and a/possibly several editor(s)?
On a more positive note, the MamaWad sent this to me and I thought I'd share it--just so I'm not a complete downer. It's a quote from Scott Hoffman, Folio Literary.
"If you're a writer who has received personal attention or an 'encouraging' rejection from even one reputable agent, this is a good indication that publishing has become a numbers game for you. It's now just a matter of finding the right agent or editor at the right time. I'd strongly encourage you not to get even a little bit discouraged until you've received 50 - maybe even 100 - rejections on the project in question".
After six years of querying and submitting, I still don't have 5o rejections. Not even if I combine all five books. How about you?