Why I Wish I Were Traditionally Published
Vivian Marie Aubin du Paris
Because then I could write whatever I wanted, spell and grammar check it, and send it to my editor, and THEY would have to deal with telling me, "Viv, you can't use this many ellipses..." Or, "Yes, this might sound very good to YOU, but what do you think the reader thinks?"
I talk about this at length on my blog, so forgive me for another one of "these" posts, but I struggle with this all the time. I have edited The Wrong Path so many times and changed so much of it that the "unique voice" that I gave the story is all but washed out. It's now a pretty commercialized, standard, run-of-the-mill teen romance novel. Don't get me wrong--I still like the story, and I actually think it probably flows better now. But I'm sad. So what if I used run-on sentences? It got my point across better than splitting the sentence into two. It FLOWS better now, and it's easier to READ now, but the previous version was more me. It was more of the directive I was trying to send the reader in.
And that's where an editor would be awesome. They could tell me, "Sure, Viv, you can do that." Or, "Nope. CUT." And it would be okay, because they're the editor, and THEY KNOW.
So, dear editor/publishing house/agent-y person, please pick me. I'm super easy to work with, I'm a hard worker, I'm extremely down-to-earth ("I said REGULAR Coke! Not Diet! Get this ^&%$ away from me!"), and I'm a pretty nice person.
Most of the time.
I'll share my Red Bull with you?