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NY Editors and Agents Reveal All

June 26, 2006

If you are interested in being published but weren't able to attend the recent panel featuring Betsy Mitchell, Del Rey, Kate Seaver, Berkley Books, and Ginger Clark from Curtis Brown, I will now, for your publishing pleasure, share their secrets:

1) Do not use a crayon to illustrate any part of your manuscript. Even if your art work is really, really good, your efforts will likely not be appreciated. So, save the art work for other media, like placemats.

2) Always use margins. Although it may -seem- like a good idea to use every inch of paper possible, try to leave at least 1 inch all around so that the grubby-handed editors and agents, who often read while eating, drinking or avoiding crazies on the subway, can easily handle your manuscript.

3) Despite the fact that pretty fonts look so, well, pretty, don't use them. Use a nice simple font, however boring that might be, and let what's important do the talking: your words.

4) Do not, under any circumstances, send any of the following to a potential editor or agent:

This is not because agents and editors do not appreciate your thoughtful presents; they do, they really, really do. They just don't want the other editors and agents to feel jealous. If you feel like you absolutely have to send a present in the mail, send it to someone else, like your English professors or best friend.

5) When writing a query letter, do not include any type of math. Editors and agents don't like math, damnit, that's why they work with words, not numbers. Don't make their brains hurt by including genre percentages, especially, at this is very important, if your numbers don't add up to 100%.

6) Do not write stories about vampires or ghost unless you are really, really clever. Chances are good that you are not as clever as you think you are, just so you know. Werewolves, however, are totally hot right now. Go crazy with the werewolf stories. Also, succubus. Feel free to write anything you want about succubi.

Moira at 06:58 PM :: Comments (2) :: ::

Got it. No purple condoms. I knew I was doing something wrong. =)

Posted by: Leslie Rodriguez at June 27, 2006 09:50 PM

Haha. See, I knew the world needed to know this stuff! ;c)

Posted by: moira at June 29, 2006 03:09 PM
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