Email From Writers Digest

Email From Writers Digest

“Could your novel benefit from an additional critique?”

               (This, in the subject line).


Of course it could.

Of course my novel could use another critique

before it gets rejected fourteen more times

by agents and publishers who,

bless their hearts,

regret to use the word “regret”

in yet another outgoing letter that they don’t really sign

or see

or stamp.


But there it is in the last sentence,

that redeeming wish for us:

that we find another “home” for our orphaned words, which,

if we could spare a few dollars and hire someone to clean them up,

polish their shoes,

and parade them once again

before the critical eyes,


will be the answer

we are a few steps

closer to.



DeMaris Gaunt




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