Editor Submission Tips for Authors
Have you got a manuscript you want to submit to a publishing house? As in all things, first impressions are extremely important, and there are lots of ways you can fail to impress an acquisitions editor. Thankfully, as an acquisitions editor myself, I know exactly what to look for. I will help make sure your book finds itself in the right hands.
I will use my industry knowledge and experience to:
1) PROOFREAD AND EDIT YOUR COVER LETTER.
This is your formal introduction and a bad cover letter is the same as a limp, moist handshake. Come across as firm, professional, friendly, and intriguing with my help.
2) HELP YOU NAVIGATE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES.
There are more rules than you think, and making sure you are following them puts you at a huge advantage because most authors don't.
3) DO MARKET RESEARCH TO HELP FIND THE BEST PLACES TO PITCH YOUR BOOK.
What is selling nowadays? What trends are on the rise? Did you know that dystopian YA fantasy is so 2014? I'll let you know where your book is relevant, and who is looking for it.
4) GIVE YOU THE INSIDE SCOOP ON WHAT EDITORS ARE LOOKING FOR.
Acquisitions editors are people too, and they want to feel that spark. Make a connection with your potential acquiring editor by knowing what they're looking for in a new author.
Training & Qualifications
I hold an MS in Book Publishing/Writing from Portland State University. I have taken courses from professionals in the areas of editing, marketing, sales, and business. I currently work as an acquisitions editor for a small independent press and as the associate editor for an international literary magazine.
Availability & Preferences
M-F (3:30 pm - 12 am)
Sun-Sat (all day)