By Tera Kleinfelter On May 13 2013, 10:16 am
Well, it’s that time of year again…time to pitch your manuscript at conferences.
I was just at RT and while I was sitting there in some of my downtime, I thought of some tips to help you when you meet with editors and agents throughout the conference season.
1. Don’t be afraid. I know this is easier said than done, but it’s important to remember that it’s just a conversation.
2. Remember that you’re giving a pitch, not a synopsis. Your time is limited, give them a taste to pique their interest and make them want to know how it turns out.
3. Don’t be offended or disheartened if the editor or agent doesn’t want to take a look at your manuscript. Some editors might have you submit to the general submissions email and put a note in your email or subject line, and agents have to be even pickier than editors are. =/ But it’s important to remember to try try again. Read more…
By Holly Atkinson On May 6 2013, 8:17 am
There are any number of plot elements that can pull readers from a story. Dialogue, for instance, should sound natural, which means it doesn’t necessarily need to follow established rules of grammar and structure. Even the snootiest of grammar snobs occasionally trip over their wordage in everyday conversation. Last night, I was reminded of one [...]
By Amy Sherwood On Apr 29 2013, 8:25 am
In my time as a Samhain editor—over a year now!—I’ve noticed some questions popping up on the regular. With any luck, these’ll be of help or at least interest to you writer types out there. Do you write? No, though I know editors who do. Personally, I’m a very lazy writer. When I’ve attempted it [...]
By Heidi Moore On Apr 16 2013, 8:42 am
Summer comes early in my little part of the Holy land. We’ve already had temperatures up in the nineties and spent the weekend swimming at the Sachne – the gorgeous hot springs a few miles down the road that National Geographic voted as one of the top ten most beautiful places in the world (we’re [...]
By Amy Sherwood On Jan 21 2013, 9:26 am
It was pretty clear early on that I was a kid with an eye for love. The romance, whether it was the ongoing tempestuous marriage of Lucy and Ricky, the opposites attract courtship of Jessie and Slater, or my earnest hope that She-Ra and He-Man would go on a date someday, was usually my foremost [...]
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