Dear Miss Snark:
You have a new, unpublished client. You love her voice, her characters and witty dialogue, the way she uses just enough words to paint a memorable scene. And, despite a couple of plot flaws, you've signed her up because the flaws can be fixed with a bit of rewriting.
My first question: Once this is done, will you then read the entire manuscript again?
My second: Does a re-read take away some of the magic? Would it, perhaps, make you less excited about the story (in this case, women's fiction) because you already know how it ends?
My third: Are you aware your name does not appear in my treasured Roget's Thesaurus, copyright 1975?
No. The hallmark of a really good book (which of course is a given if you're one of my clients) is that I like being in the book, and with the characters so much that even knowing the ending doesn't spoil the experience.
One can hardly blame Roget for failing to mention Miss Snark in 1975. One hopes the 2006 edition has been perfected.