I just read one of Dear Editor's questions. The response made me think. Especially about the word "significant." Basically, she says it's only okay to resubmit to an editor or agent if we have made significant changes to our manuscript. They wouldn't say no based on surface changes that might need to be done. Editors would probably be willing to work with a writer on that.
It got me to thinking about how critique groups work. Obviously 99% of what we writers write will not be publication-ready the first time we write it. Okay, maybe even 100%. But at what level should we revise something substantially? How do we know if the concept and/or writing only needs surface cleaning? As a critter in a critique group, should we act as an editor would? If it's a reject, we should suggest major revisions. If we want to publish it and we think it is THAT good, then perhaps we would only find surface cleaning types of revision comments to offer.
What do you guys think?
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