Earlier this week, book club met to discuss a mystery. I hate it when I don’t love the book club book because I make 50% of the recommendations. What can I say? When you get as many industry newsletters as I do, it is easy to drop interesting book titles into a folder.
This time around, I had a really hard time getting into the book. The author used an omniscient point of view and bopped from one person’s perspective to another. Honestly, I think there were five or six point of view characters in the first two chapters and countless more characters introduced. Many mysteries introduce a lot of characters at the outset but jumping from perspective to perspective made it harder for me to fall into the story.
It didn’t help that I talked to someone else before the meeting and she felt the same way. Oh, no.
When we met, the entire group minus one repeated this story. The book was hard to get into.
But that one person? She loved it from the start. She was so into it that she actually read the book in one day.
So what did this reveal to me about rejection? So often we get upset because two editors don’t like our premise. Or they think the main character is hard to like or two-dimensional. Yes, you need to look at those things when more than one person says something, but what if these two editors just aren’t the right one for this book.
Two, five, or eight editors may dislike something specific in your manuscript. Yet, when the right editor reads it, this person falls in love.
Yes, there may be something you need to change, but what we don’t like about a book may well be a matter of personal taste. No more. No less. That shouldn’t have been such a revelation to me. After all, I adore licorice. And, yes, I mean black licorice, the only true licorice.