I publish a weekly newspaper in which I write feature articles, attend writing conferences and have read over thirty books on crafts. Yet my latest R's say... on the right track … or are form rejections.
In desperation I published 100 of my old ms's on Amazon under three different names, hoping to receive feedback. While many of the stories have been read or purchased, I have only received four feedback, all nice ones.
Do you advocate book doctors or services that edit? Just curious of your recommendations. Love Strunk and King's on writing, and Writing Killer Fiction by Wheat is one of my fave's. Evidently I'm slow getting it, but so want to master the art of writing romance.
I thought I would go ahead and answer this one as a full post here.
I will simply say that any of the books out there, or any of the blogs you read are fine. There is, however, no magical book that is going to increase your chances. That success is how well you digest that information you read and how you apply those skills.
What I see is something you sort of hinted at in your questions. You stated you might be "slow getting it." This is something I do believe a lot of writers struggle with, so do not feel alone. I saw many at the RWA conference as well in the same boat as you.
There is this belief that if you take that workshop on "How to write that query letter to get you published" or read that craft book like you have done that says, "Follow these steps and you will get it!" is the magic formula. This is not the case. Let me explain it with the following chart.
- The stories really were not ready to be published. This is where the Bloom's taxonomy comes into play.
- You sent the manuscripts to publishers that might accept that sub-genre, but not the voice you write in. This is where the Analyzing later shows up. All of my authors fully study a publisher voice before deciding to write for that publisher. Each publisher looks for different styles (not just plots or genres).
- This last one deals with the market. Since the Bubble of 2008, publishers are really being picky. There are a lot of writers and not a lot of spaces to put those books. This, of course, means your writing has to be infinitely better.