Writer Wednesday: #Pubtip Collection and Hanukkah Happiness!
You may have heard about this crazy little thing called Twitter. It's a social media conglomeration to the nth degree. And Dawn gave us some great tips last week about how to take part in its stormy seas. Now, I'd like to tell you about a hastag called #pubtip. As we learned, hashtags are used to track conversations. Anyone can use them and anyone can post...well, pretty much anything. But, #pubtip is often used my agents, editors and writers to help convey some "truths" about the publishing universe.
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Since I often enjoy the #pubtip conversations, I thought I'd put together this string of some of the best I've come across.
@BatgirlEditor Been saying similar thing in many submission passes--too much front load exposition. Hook me by starting with questions, not answers. #pubtip (Dec. 13)
@jsinsheim Someone once compared email to a conference, and Twitter to the after party. I concur. Twitter is not for business correspondence #pubtip (Dec. 13)
@LeighEllwood When submitting a manuscript, name the file after your book. Using sample.doc or book.doc will get lost in an editor's inbox. #pubtip (Dec. 17)
@sandylunyc Never pester an agent after getting a rejection letter. It wont' change my mind. It'll only make me mark your email address as Spam. #pubtip (Dec. 16)
@Renee_Nyen If 1 of your characters ever says "As you know..." delete EVERYTHING said after that. People don't talk about stuff they both know. #pubtip (Dec. 15)
@imogenhowson Never make editors jump through hoops to read your submission. Going to your website, accessing your shared docs etc--all bad. #pubtip (Dec. 15)
@kristenwEditor You may see your manuscript as part of a series, but make sure it stands alone as well (and indicate that in your query letter). #pubtip (Dec. 13)
Feel free to debate these or add your own in the comments. I'd love to get your feedback.