Friday, August 24, 2007

Miss Snark's Greatest Hits (vol 36)

More smart things I found in the snarkives:

Contracts:

Do not sign anything you don't understand. No, really don't do this. This is always good advice. If you want to make a career in writing, learn about the business. Learn about copyright. Understand what you're selling, because it's not the story, it's the rights.

Misc: Ideas aren't copyrightable or, you're all right if the words are different, even if the story is similar. Mind you, if the story is too similar, there's a good chance no one will buy it because it's been done before and quite possibly better.

Agency submission stuff:

Things agents like to hear in a query letter, that suggest the writer has learned some things about the agent in a good way.

Thing to send with your requested partial.

A good list of what is and is not important in a query letter

2 comments:

MariAdkins said...

Thanks for the bits about agency submission. I'm currently in the market for a new one.

Kelly McCullough said...

You're welcome. I expect that a lot of the folks who read this blog are in the agent hunt, and since that's Snark's specialty and one of my weak suits, it's a good bit of what I'm pulling of hers.