Okay, I have been keeping a secret for a very long time. I wrote a young adult science fiction book. I spent about 4 years writing it. Then, I created the query letter and synopsis. I spent hours putting it all together. I edited and re-edited. Then I blindly searched for agents who I thought may be interested. Naturally, I received one rejection after another. Some offered hopeful words. Others, while not particularly rude, had a pretentious feel to them. I set the rejections aside, and read every book I could find about how to write. I learned the do's and dont's and tried to apply it to my work. However, I don't particularly agree with some of the rules. For example:
1. Do not use adverbs - it shows weak use of verbs. I re-read one of my favorite books, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and discovered adverbs are used, all though not excessively. Even the Harry Potter books use adverbs.
2. POV - no head hopping. Okay I learned that early on from a peer review site. I think it makes sense. I don't want to confuse my readers. However, I sometimes like to know what's going on in the heads of other characters. Most books focus on one person. I am currently reading Battle Royale and he does explore the thoughts of one other character. I haven't read too far into the book, but I will be watching for more.
Anyway, I reached a happy medium with my book. I use adverbs on occasion and I took a neat approach to my characters. I first start off in one characters head, but as the story progresses and begins to focus more on another character, I switch to him.
I went ahead and published my book on every free site I could find. I looked at other books out there, and to be perfectly honest, I couldn't get through most descriptions. Even some of the top selling books had poorly written descriptions. That begs the next question. What makes those books sell?
That's my rant for the day. The kids are starting to go wild. :)