Everyone has their opinions. About everything: religion, politics, music, movies, books, how to raise children. I'm the first one to put my hand in the air and say, "listen to what I think!" Some people like this about me. Some people not so much. Too bad, I say. (Hey, that sounds like an opinion!)
Agents in the publishing industry are no different. If a writer queries an agent that agent has an opinion about the novel. I sent out two queries last week for my suspense novel Don't Play With Fire. One agent gave me her opinion, which wasn't I love it, and then told me to take her opinion with a grain of salt. What do you suppose that means?
I'll tell you what it means. Opinions are not facts. So, she didn't like my novel, big deal. Another agent will have a different opinion. If I look around long enough I'll find the agent whose opinion is the same as mine.
Should we refrain from giving our opinions? No. If I'm asked for an opinion then brace yourself because I'm going to give it. Do we offer our unsolicitied opinions? Well, the PC answer is "no," but I admit there are times when my opinion is out there for the whole world to hear before I can stop it. Oops!
I love people with an opinion. Tell me what you think, don't hold back. I want to hear your views on religion, politics, music, movies, books and even tips on how to parent. Then guess what I'm going to do. Take it with a grain of salt!
Talk to you later...