a (1): peculiar to a particular individual : personal;subjective judgments; (2): modified or affected by personal views, experience, or background subjective account of the incident;
So. If you’ve been querying any amount of time, you’ve probably gotten at least one of these:
“Thank you for the chance to review your work. Unfortunately, this is not a good fit for me. Please keep in mind that this is all very subjective, and what isn’t right for one agent may be right for another.”*
Subjective. It’s like, an agent’s favorite word. And I get it- I really do. Just like some people loved Twilight and some hated it. Or some people were Team Edward and some people thought Edward was a total creep. (Uh, how could you EVER be Team Jacob? Seriously? Eeeeedwaaaaaard.)
Anyway. I understand. But it’s still frustrating, right?
This month, I entered two contests.
I won one of them. WON. I don’t win, ever. EVER. I’m going to repeat and capitalize every last word. WORD.
But the other one- well, results aren’t posted but it’s pretty obvious I won’t win. In fact, there weren’t many entries where the agent said, “You should redo this,” but….s/he did say that about mine. It was pretty obvious from the agent’s comments that s/he just didn’t get what I was trying to do.
Going back to the other contest that I won- that agent TOTALLY got what I was trying to do. I mean, she loved the “Granny-cleaning” thing and how just using the term demonstrated- “EMERGENCY.” When I read her comments, I was like- YES! Exactly!
Two different agents. Exact same entry- first 250 words. One liked it so much she requested a partial. The other one disliked it so much s/he said to rethink it.
And I WANT to say- “BUT, you’ve only read the first 250 words! A lot of the issues you have a problem with are better explained in the NEXT 250 words!”
But you know what? The first 250 words is generally all an agent looks at (if they even look at that much) when they make the decision to reject your query or request pages
And that. just. kills me.
There’s no point to this post, other than to try and give myself some perspective. It really is subjective. I know that. It’s just not a helpful word. Telling me it’s “subjective,” doesn’t tell me how to make you love it, right?