Just a quick side bar before we start today's Smaht Session.
I received another form rejection for my query yesterday afternoon, so that makes two. I also received a form rejection from another agency from last September 16 when I queried this same book. It's a good thing I wasn't holding my breath waiting to hear from them. Four months on a query? Hhmmmm...I think they need to hire a secretary or something. Although she also said if I had something else for her to look at, she'd be delighted, but not until after May. Yeah, no, somehow I don't think so. Good thing I didn't send her this query.
Okay, as you all read, I have a bachelor's degree. My major was Native American Ethnology, my minor was creative writing. I went to a hippie college in Vermont where you wrote, and read, and read and wrote, and then wrote some more. Some colleges make you write thesis' at the end of the term, well, we wrote thesis papers for everything. Which is where I learned to write. When we graduated we had to give a lecture based on the culmination of all the work we had done at the college and present it to the students and faculty. (Kind of a nerve wracking event actually and really a very big deal.)
There was a professor, whom I never studied under, (and I respected enormously) come up to me after my lecture and say that my presentation was just as good as any dissertation written by a grad student. I was overjoyed and blown away, and just basically in awe because I never thought I was that smaht.
Which is why I am so (still) blown away that my query actually got a request for a partial. When you are told by your friends who read you work,"oh this is fantastic" do you believe them? Or do you think they're just telling you that because you want to hear it? If someone REALLY SMAHT told you how good or bad your writing was, would that make a difference in what, how or if, you continued to write?
I for one don't know the difference between a dangling particple and a modifying clause but does that make me a bad writer? I think the only two rules I ever remembered were " i before e except after c " and "not 'that' -- 'who' -- when speaking of people" Just because I have a bachelor's degree, does that make me smarter than the person who doesn't? I don't think so. Just because I don't know the difference between the above mentioned, does that make me a bad writer. I don't think so.
As I said yesterday, I have read some really interesting work over the blogosphere these last few days and have been blown away by the quality of the writing. Does that mean I think they're smarter than I am? I don't know. I know how to do a lot of other things in this world besides write, and some of them really well, does that make me smarter than they are? I don't know.
And so gentle readers, the questions for the day are -- do you think you're smarter than the average person? And do you really need to know all the rules of grammer to write a fantastic book?