Miss Snark - all knowing goddess of agent-speak,
I need your translation on a rejection response. After a 50 pg read, he responds, "It's an interesting story but it seems to need some added energy with the execution." He goes on to refer a "private editor" to work with.
My novel has already been through 2 writers' groups and a professional copy-editor. Under your orders to not harass agents, I am suppressing the nearly overwhelming urge to harangue him for specifics. So, in an attempt to pinpoint what needs work, I bother you.
Does "execution" typically refer to the writing style, the structure, or the falling blade of a guillotine on my hopes???
This is why God invented the crapometer---hereafter abbreviated as TIWGIC (not to be confused with NITWIT which is why God invented shredders).
If I said something needed energy I'd be talking about the language but that's just me.
We're less than 60 days out from the Crapometer. Try not to unhinge yourself till then