First, this post is one day late. Sorry about that. This has been a crazy start to October.
And part of the crazy is that I've been rewriting a lot. In particular, I had this one manuscript - my CPs will know which one I'm talking about, but I won't say here - that was pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. Most everyone who looked at it thought it was either ready, or very very close.
Except for one person, who thought it was too quiet to be marketable. That person was an agent.
So, I wrote a new version. A much more character-driven version. And I think it's a lot more marketable, but I don't know yet if it's better.
Does that matter? What good is a great manuscript if I can't sell it? Should I go ahead and try to market my masterpiece, and to heck with selling lots of copies? Should I drawer the old one and go with this newer, more marketable, maybe not amazing but still pretty good version?
These are the questions running circles in my mind this morning.
Do you ever sacrifice a small amount of quality for marketability?