Tag Archives: submissions

Oh, to be an editor–the Oovil Snetches.

Ever wonder what literary agents and editors have to deal with? Here are some of my favourite excerpts from submissions made to Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, as compiled by Miss Snark. They’re guaranteed to make you howl, or growl, … Continue reading

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Basic Querying – Ten Tips

I realized, as a result of some of the comments made to this blog (and as a regular contributor to various threads in Absolute Write Water Cooler) that a lot of aspiring authors don’t actually know why they need an agent, how … Continue reading

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Queries and Rhetorical Questions

Sometime ago on the Internet, someone trying to be helpful posted a draft query letter. The opening was a rhetorical question. And not surprisingly, thousands of aspiring authors (including me) parroted that advice, deluging agents with opening lines that asked … Continue reading

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The Self-Addressed Envelope (SASE) in Submissions

 “A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation for the editor.” Ring Lardner The agents who still insist … Continue reading

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The Debut Dagger

Some of you have asked — what the heck is this Debut Dagger Award all about? The Crime Writers Association (UK) holds this competition annually, with submissions beginning October 31 and ending February 6.  They get submissions from around the world: … Continue reading

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A visit to Slushpile Hell

As all aspiring writers know, rejection letters are the often generic, sometimes personal, and occasionally cruel, letters and emails sent  by an agent to let you know that your manuscript didn’t meet the mark. I’ve posted elsewhere, in Dealing with … Continue reading

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The dreaded synopsis

In order to submit to the Debut Dagger, I had to write a 1,000 word synopsis. It’s very hard to find one to use as a precedent for a pretty obvious reason. The synopsis sets out the plot of a book, and … Continue reading

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