continuing the good work of Writing Excuses #12, still no Howard . . .
- epic fantasy does that. People write 400 and 500,000 word novels, and submit them. The editor says we expect 100 to 120,000 words from a new writer.
- Stacy: that reminds me of a strange submission. It was about 400,000 words, and he had carefully put each chapter in a separate manila envelope.
- Don't do things that make it hard for the editor to read!
- The story of a secretary who called the editor down to her desk to see the man in full Viking costume who declaimed who he was and deposited a manuscript for them to read.
- Do not call an editor without a previous relationship. Polite e-mail or a postcard.
- Don't gripe about rejection. In fact, a polite thank you note is much better.
- editors are special -- they don't get money, fame, or other rewards. They work in the shadows, are usually overworked and underpaid. Remember this when you decide to blast them for rejecting your work.
- Strike up a conversation about the con, or something like that. Don't worry, they will ask if you are a writer.
- Ask "what are you working on right now?" Be prepared for a long answer. Then ask what kind of fantasy they like.
- Teen geek, wild at night
- Dragon Codex
- Hallowmere - and a short story about picking that. Apparently looking for a new author, and had several pitches. Selected because of lyrical voice.
- Editors can help with plot, but the writer has to bring voice.
And that's it for this episode. Next week, back with Howard.