Both story and style matter, and you should work to master both. Some people claim literary fiction doesn’t need a plebian thing like plot, only brilliant writing. Others will declare that their genre doesn’t need any frilly stuff, that they’re going to write for Real Men or Real Geeks who don’t care about style.
Are either of them right? Are both?
In a workshop, one of the members got The Answer to this one. His wife’s college roomate, now in the editorial staff at Random House, came to visit. With his ambitions, of course he wanted to know all about publishers’ policies.
He reported back to us with The Answer: Read the rest of this entry