"That's so amazing!" said Mom. Translation: I think everything you do is wonderful, Sweetheart.
"I really enjoyed it. Great job!" said Coworker. Translation: I didn't know you could do this.
"That's good. It reminds me of ____ (fill in the blank with another title)____. I'd like to see more action," said Crit Partner. Translation: There might be some glaring deficits in this, but I can't say anything since we will get together again next week, and I don't want to offend you.
But when you ask a professional editor, the feedback is like:
- I like the humorous…
- This part will appeal to _________ audiences.
- Things I find likable about ___(name of character)___ is…
- This section lacks conflict. Opportunities for more conflict could be…
- This part of your story is overpowering that part of your story. You might want to consider…
- You could strengthen the romantic plot by exploring…
- There is some discontinuity in…
- ___(name of character___ needs more character growth.
- I wondered if you need to keep this section.
But I'm self-publishing.
But I'm sending it to an agent.
But my publisher will do that.
Um…guess my answer.
Don't get me wrong--the feedback from those other people will still inform your revisions, but to get unbiased feedback relative to marketability, working with an editor is a good idea.
Deanna and I use Eschler Editing (Yes, this is a shameless plug, but since I don't get a kickback, my conscience is clear.) and appreciate the candid feedback.