Editors and agents expect you to speak their language.
If you aspire to publish a novel or nonfiction book, you’ll find these terms useful at writers conferences as you prepare to meet with agents and editors.
Elevator speech. A one-minute presentation to prompt an editor or agent to want to learn more about your proposed book. … Continue reading
Easy ways to sabotage your submission.
Want a quick way to make a poor first impression with an agent or editor? Send a manuscript that’s not professionally formatted.
Consider the sample pages for a YA novel an author sent this morning. A quick glance suggested he wasn’t yet ready for prime time. Before I read a … Continue reading
Will you — or your editor — know to pick the right word?
The sentence in a recently written Sherlock Holmes story stopped me cold.
“There were besides some more mundane elements: drafting tables laden with dusty blueprints, labels and vices and tools, chains for heavy lifting suspended from the ceiling.”
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