These are some very good points to keep in mind when trying to get published. Although it’s a little sad that was a need to point that editors and agents are people… I don’t envy them their job when they get treated like crap.
As Editorial Director for REUTS Publications, I’ve been privy to first-hand knowledge of publishing’s “mysterious” acquisitions process. And over the past two years, I’ve witnessed innumerable querying blunders that hurt the author’s chances, rather than helping them. I’m not the first to offer up this kind of advice-oriented post, but armed with personal insight and pet-peeves, I thought I’d add my own thoughts into the mix.
So, with only a modicum of tongue-in-cheek snark (okay, make that a lot of snark), I give you:
What Not to Do When Querying
(aka How to Piss Off an Acquisitions Editor)
There are plenty of posts out there that explain what you’re supposed to do when querying, the steps that are supposed to lead to that coveted moment where someone offers you representation. There are also posts that tell you what to avoid. But I don’t know that I’ve seen anyone really say the following, in…
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