But I have noticed when it comes to feedback too much can be a bad thing. I drafted and revised my query about seven different times and I've revised my novel based off of feedback at least, well let's just say WAY more than seven times.
So a few months ago I started the query process and I helped host a query blogfest. It was great.
This is what I posted:
Colin McCaffrey has his life all mapped out. Overachiever extraordinaire, he spends every spare moment training for his Juilliard audition because the last thing he wants is to end up a directionless slacker like his brother, Bryce.
Bryce has his life mapped out too -- hitch a ride on his little brother’s coattails. As long as Colin succeeds, there’s no reason for Bryce to face reality. Responsibility sucks.
When the brothers form a band with their friends, Bryce gets a taste of success, and Colin gets distracted from his practicing. As their popularity grows, Colin’s past comes back to haunt him. See, Colin and Bryce have a secret pact -- protect those who need protecting, and punish the bullies for their douchey behavior. Now his “victims” want to pound his spinal chord into dust.
So that created a lot of confusion for the people who read the revised query and the first couple of pages of the book.
Thing is I've done that alot with this book, I'm excellent at taking advice, but I take TOO much advice and then I end up with something that's totally different and sort of wrong.
When it comes to revising, listening to other people but don't give into the little demon of self doubt.
Publishing is extremely subjective and opinions differ. Stay true to your story, do what's best for it.
Cutest demon of self doubt.
Because you might end up in revision hell.
I'm there now. It's not a fun place and I don't recommend it.
Lots of times, I'm awesome, you should totally go out of your way to be just like me. NOT THIS TIME!
I'm off to return to revision hell. There will be tears. And I will end up looking like this: