When Your Agent Asks You For Revisions

To me, writing a novel -- trying to make a dozen characters and themes and motivations and goals all fit together in one comprehensible mass -- feels like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube.


It takes years, but then one day I'm all, "Holy crap, I did it, guys! I finished the cube!"


Even better, I show it off to agents, and one of them says, "That's a great looking cube. Can I represent you?" And, well, you know how that goes.


Then my agent says, "Now before I can submit this to publishers, I want you to try and put these pieces in, too."


And I'm all:




Stupid Rubik's Cube.

11 comments:

Ruth said...

Yes. This. A thousand times this.

But you'll do it. And so will I : D

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

LOL! I'm glad the flamethrower was just for the cube. And I'm sure you can stitch it back together. #havefaith

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

HAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!
*sigh*
best of luck to you. :)

Nancy Thompson said...

1. That was very funny!
2. There you go scaring the crap outta me again.
3. I know you can do it!

Matthew MacNish said...

Great analogy. My only problem is how do you fit more cubes in when physics only allows 9 per side before it becomes a dodecahedron?

Victoria Dixon said...

I so love this. I'm sharing it with friends. Thanks!

Myrna Foster said...

Is that a gun or a flame thrower? I want one. :o)

If you need a place for controlled blasts, my inbox is pretty self-contained.

S.P. Bowers said...

Uh..... is it a bad thing if I never figured out how to solve a rubik's cube?

maine character said...

That's definitely a conundrum.

But far better to be asked to put something in than take something out. Like the pirates.

Angela Brown said...

And now I shall sit down to look at my Rubiks cube with it's blocks of colors all mixed up and incomplete with a whole new perspective :-)

Deniz Bevan said...

Balky! Oh my, wherever did you find that .gif?

Good luck with those revisions...