Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ask An Editor

Ever wish you could get inside an editor’s head? To have that esteemed person respond directly to you?


For many authors seeking publication, getting an editor’s attention is a dream come true.


In traditional publishing, editors are the gatekeepers. They decide if your piece is publishable or rejection fodder. This ultimate authority and the way they handle it makes them enigmas. For most us, editors remain mysteries because they are busy people, have varying backgrounds and interests, and sometimes make, what to us, are questionable decisions.


Today, we have a special opportunity at the diner.



Loose ID Senior Editor Ann Curtis has graciously offered to answer questions collected in our post today.


FYI: Loose Id is a California-based company that publishes steamy romances. Since 2004, they’ve published between 16 and 24 titles per month, penned by more than 200 talented authors. You can find them at http://www.loose-id.com/default.aspx.

Ann has been with Loose Id since 2006. In addition, she’s had her own editing business since 2005. Ann has a wealth of knowledge, which she’s waiting to share.


Today, we’ll collect your questions and I’m sure we’ll have lots of great ones. Ann will answer 13 of them and I’ll post her responses Feb. 23rd.

So, what would you like to know? This is an opportunity you don't want to miss. ...
Please post your questions in the Comments.

Thanks.



1. Mary asks--What is the first thing you look for in a manuscript?
2. Mary would also like to know--what do editors like to see?
3. Mia wonders--In terms of submissions, what would you like to see more of?
4.Jeannie asks--Where do you see publishing going in the next five years - will digital overrun print?
5.Alice Audrey has these questions--Do you edit self-pub books? If so, which have you done? What does your editing encompass?
6.Anonymous asks--When you receive a manuscript, what's a cardinal sin? In other words, a deal-breaker? What should we authors do better to impress an editor?
7.Country Dew wonders--Do you require a completely finished manuscript from a new writer, or do you prefer to accept a query and then work with the writer to create a finished work of fiction?
8.The Gal Herself poses these questions--How important is an agent? Is it true that editors prefer to receive manuscripts through an agent, rather than directly from the author?
9.Regina Castillo asks--I would like to know what agents see that makes them want to see your full manuscript. What can we do to make them want more?
10.Shelley Munro’s first question is - what genres would you like to see more of?
11.Oh, and her second - which are the most popular genres at Loose-Id?
12.Barbara Britton wonders--If the writing is A plus, but there's one grammar error, does it make you pass on the manuscript?
13.She also asks--What does it mean when editors/agents say it's not right for their list? What formulates a list?
14.Carolyn Rosewood’s question is--What percentage of manuscripts that you acquire would you say come from new authors?

25 comments:

  1. Thanks for visiting my TT! I realized I reposted a TT from last year. Just posted the correct one... Oiy! Have a great day!! http://donnainhouston.blogspot.com/2012/01/real-thursday-13.html

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  2. What is the first thing that you look for or at in MS. What do Editors like to see?

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  3. Donna,
    No worries. I enjoyed your blog anyway.

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  4. Mary,
    Thanks. You're questions are our first! I'll post them right away.

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  5. Where do you see publishing going in the next five years - will digital overrun print?

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  6. Do you edit self-pub books? If so, which have you done? What does your editing encompass?

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  7. Thanks Jeannie,
    Good question. I'll post it.

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  8. Alice Audrey,
    I've got your questions up. Thanks.

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  9. No questions at the moment, but will be interested in reading responses to those already asked.

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  10. When you receive a manuscript, what's a cardinal sin? In other words, a deal-breaker? What should we authors do better to impress an editor?

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  11. Do you require a completely finished manuscript from a new writer, or do you prefer to accept a query and then work with the writer to create a finished work of fiction?

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  12. Thanks Anonymous and CountryDew,
    I'd like know the answers to your questions too.

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  13. How important is an agent? Is it true that editors prefer to receive manuscripts through an agent, rather than directly from the author?

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  14. I would like to know what agents see that makes them want to see your full manuscript. What can we do to make them want more?

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  15. The Gal Herself,
    Yeah, I'd like to know what editors think about an agent's role too. Thanks.

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  16. Regina,
    Yeah, I think all us authors would like to learn what keeps an editor or an agent reading.

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  17. My question is - what genres would you like to see more of?

    Oh, and a second - which are the most popular genres at Loose-Id

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  18. If the writing is A plus, but there's one grammar error, does it make you pass on the manuscript?

    What does it mean when editors/agents say it's not right for their list? What formulates a list?

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  19. My question: What percentage of manuscripts that you acquire would you say come from new authors?

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  20. Do you have any pet peeves?

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  21. Thanks Barb,
    Your questions have me wondering. I really appreciate you stopping by and adding them to our list.

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  22. Carolyn Rosewood,
    Thank you. I'd like to know this answer too.

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  23. Anonymous,
    Thanks. I'll pass your question along. Please come back in February for the answer. :)

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