Tuesday, March 22, 2011

How To Lose an Agent/Editor in Five Easy Steps

Obviously, the title is not literal, but thanks to the KYRW workshop this past weekend, I got some excellent information about how to know whether or not you're ready to submit your work to an agent or editor.  So, today I will share five ways to really screw the pooch (no dogs were harmed in the writing of this blog) when it comes to agents and editors.

  1. Don't target specific agents/editors, just send a mass e-mail to all of them.
  2. Really show you hate to research by not having read any of the books that said agent or editor has been involved with publishing.
  3. Don't narrow your book down to one genre or possible publishing house.  After all, they all publish the same books and have the same readers.
  4. Don't waste time with critique partners or groups.  Get your work out there as soon as possible.  That's what agents and editors do--clean up the writer's mistakes.
  5. Do chase what's hot right now (which just happens to be long-winded diaries written by shape-shifting zombies that take place in exotic locales like Egypt).
So, there you have it.  All the reasons an agent or editor will run screaming in the exact OPPOSITE direction of you.  Truth is, I have been guilty of at least three of these (okay, I feel your snarky stare--all of them).  What about you?  What are things you wish you'd known when you first started out?  Or what are you still unsure about?

More on these this week.  I plan to blog about each way to lose an agent/editor, going into more detail for each.

Happy Writing!

1 comment:

  1. Boy I wish I'd been there for the presentation.

    I don't think I'm guilty of those things, but I will say that a couple of months ago a friend who isn't in the business told me-

    "Send it that is what EDITS are for..."

    All I could think was- yes, but not enough editing beforehand can be a downfall as well. It's a fine line between not enough and over-analyzing it to death.

    Can't wait to see your upcoming posts!