Miss Snark would like to buy a clue

I was wondering if you could tell us what agents mean when they speak of b-voice or b-characterization?

I have not a single clue. I don't think I've ever seen that used.
Has anyone got a clue for the lady in aisle b?


Anonymous said...

A grade is the best possible you can hope for with voice (authors voice came through and is unique) and characterization. Tone, dialogue, spacing, etc. were all superior and worth considering.

That's my guess.

Simon Haynes said...

Second rate? Not quite there? As in A-list and B-list?
I have no idea really, it's just a b-guess.

Unknown said...

I thought something completely different -- I thought B voice and B characterzation might be like the secondary characters, or secondary POV's in the story???

Tami P said...

I'm guessing possibly beta character qualities, as opposed to alpha. Not strong enough. I've never seen it quite that way though, so it is just a guess.

Bethany said...

It makes me think of b-movies, in which "b" traditionally stands for "bad." But the thing about b-movies is that they may be bad, but there's generally something intentional about it, and people like the badness of it. Maybe it's a way of an agent affectionately saying the book is cheesy?

Like Simon Haynes said above, it's just a b-guess. ;)

Bernita said...

I tend to agree with Misswrite, but without context, it's dificult.

Unknown said...

Here are some examples I've come across in guidelines:

New or established authors with compelling stories and b characters.

Category, romantic suspense, new authors or established authors, b characterization.

I a seek b voice, interesting and unusual plot devices, good development of storyline.

Hope this helps?

incognito agent said...

I'm with Miss Snark on this one. I've never come across the term before.