The editor’s report on my first novel will be available at the beginning of next week. Apparently, it is common practice now in the UK for a writer to pay for an editor’s report before most agents will even consider taking on a new writer. On a positive note, however, agents generally don’t tell writers to seek editorial help unless they think the story in question shows promise.
Meanwhile, I met with the local novelist group for my first feedback session on my current novel, a psychological thriller dealing with repressed memories and flashbacks. The members of the group think my writing has improved substantially, especially in connection to scene setting, but feel there are fundamental problems with the plot, character interactions and overall structure. Too many names of places and people too early on. One member, in particular, thought I was concentrating too much on creating suspense.
So it’s back to the basics of plot and structure.