Friday, October 01, 2004

More Bitching

It's the moment you've all been waiting for (well, maybe not, but it sounded like a good opener): The Fiction Bitch is back in action!

She's posted a short story with scathing comments embedded as of 9/15. Poor guy, but the story does deserve it; she's right in one of her biggest complaints, that it's a glorified diary entry that could have used a ton more editing (for example, for severe overuse of the word "stupid").

I still wonder who these people are who sign up for this treatment, and why. I also wonder, if you send a manuscript that she thinks is "good," what happens? Her submission guidelines say that she does reject manuscripts. So I'm wondering if maybe a rejected manuscript in the Fiction Bitch's case is the complete opposite to your usual rejection, i.e., "you're too good to appear here."

However, she's so thorough, I'll bet she could nitpick her way through the best of us. I wonder what the hell she'd say about The DaVinci Code?? I would have some scathing comments for that book, to be sure.

Great stuff, I hope you all get a chance to check it out. And be sure to click on the story, not just the overview, because the story has embedded comments that are classic. She's got a lot of bitching to do.

Thanks for reading,



Blogger Jen said...

I wish I had the fiction bitch as a prof during our undergrad years. It took me several years of grad college to undo all the bad, pretentious writing habits I'd somehow picked up at SMC.

10:29 AM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

LOL! Yeah, I think there probably should be a Fiction Bitch on staff at every college, maybe. Although your recent stuff I've seen is so good, I have a hard time believing you ever picked up pretentious habits. Maybe I should run some of my stuff by her but the fear is very great.

I mean, it probably is good to run work by someone who's critique is completely unsugarcoated. I truly wonder what her day job is. She must be an editor, but I wonder if she has to be far more diplomatic by day than on her site.


11:44 AM  

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