Testing a theory
I'm shopping for an editor with experience in the speculative fiction/supernatural mystery genre(s). So far, I've interviewed several candidates who believe that a background in paranormal romance or thrillers is sufficient to edit my novel, which doesn't involve anything paranormal, and isn't centered on romance. I disagree, but then, I digress.
My theory is that my work will elicit very different editorial comments from a male editor and from a female editor. Crazy (and expensive) as it may sound, I'm going to submit an identical MS to both a male editor and a female editor from different sources to see if I'm right. Will a strong, female protagonist appeal to a male editor? Will a female editor insist on a softer protagonist? Will they have differing opinions on the marketability of the story?
Stay tuned. I'll let you know.