I love my work. Well, sometimes I love my work. Today is going to be one of those days.
Why? I have to read today. And finish an edit. But mostly read.
Imagine. Seriously. My goal is two submissions (full books) and 20 queries. Plus my edit to finish. If I’m really lucky I’ll get my edit and a submission. Why? Because that means the submission is so good that I can’t stop reading long enough to type a rejection letter. Much too often, it’s easy to stop reading the submissions.
Why? Because the story has gone so wrong that the logic police and Humpty Dumpty’s men can’t find all the pieces and wrestle them into any shape that makes sense. Or I simply can’t take the melodrama for One! More! Sentence!!
Lord love a duck! (a quaint little saying of disbelief or dismay. Just go with it.) Why is everything a production for some characters/authors? What happened to the quiet tension of a scene? Why is everyone snippy and arguing over nothing? Why is chapter four a rehash of chapter one, just with a new supporting character? Why can’t more aspiring authors marry character, plot and concept? Okay, that’s technically a menage, but I’m an open-minded editor.
Sometimes you find a gem. The voice sparkles and the plot is logically unfolding even if I’m not quite sure where it’s going. And, then, the magic happens. I care about the characters and before I know it Reading Day is over all too soon.
What does any of this have to do with Deborah Grace Staley’s book? Nothing. She’s guesting in December, but I thought some of you might like to get a jump on your holiday reading. I LOVE a good Christmas/holiday romance and I’m looking for recommendations. (Since we’re talking about reading.) Best holiday anthology? Favorite Christmas book ever? What’s coming out this year I should get?