Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Miss Snark's Greatest Hits (vol 40)

A note on the agency slush pile–not only does it get read, most clients come out of it. Really. Truly. She kids you not.

Agents make mistakes with submissions. It happens all the time. That doesn't mean the agent's incompetent, just human. More on that, now with statistics!

Never cold call an agent or an editor. It's a really bad idea.

What does an agent owe a writer who submits to them? A decision. That's all. No explanations, no second chances, just a yes or no. This is harsh, but I agree with it.

Nobody steals novel plots. Really, they don't. There's no money in it.

How should you put your website info in your query? A simple technical question with a simple answer.

Why you should write the best query you possibly can? Hint it's a tough old business and the query is the first piece of your writing the agent sees.

Questions you should ask before you submit to a publisher, particularly a small specialty press.

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