What’s the difference between internal review and “external” or “peer” review? Is it okay to have several presses review my manuscript simultaneously?
Internal review is casual dating
When I receive a manuscript for internal review, I’m seeing if it is well-written, thoughtful, cohesive. I’m deciding whether I think it has the chops to get good reviews from [...]
I’ve been thinking about gifts lately. (Go figure.)
In particular, I’ve been thinking about why it feels… awkward… sometimes to receive a gift, as an editor, from an author. Or to be more precise, from a would-be author.
In my experience, gift-giving between authors and editors isn’t reaching epidemic proportions. If it happens at all, it tends [...]
I’ve added a new feature to the site: Ask the Editor!
Use the query form if you:
want to ask a question without risk of “looking dumb”…
are curious whether a contract clause is “standard issue”…
are curious whether a contract clause might be negotiable…
want a second opinion on what someone else told you about publishing…
want me to clarify [...]
I recently received the following question from a reader:
Two different editors asked to see my manuscript in order to decide whether to send it out for review. Needless to say, I was quite pleased. My question is now — how long do I wait before getting antsy and asking for feedback? It’s been almost 2 [...]
So how do you avoid inadvertently offending your editor in the acknowledgments?
A few rules of thumb:
Say it loud, or at least don’t whisper. Try to keep your thanks–to everyone–at a fairly standard length and level of detail. Or…
Exercise variety in the extent of your thanks. By all means, feel free to thank key people at [...]
So you walk into my booth and ask whether an editor is available for a chat. Nine times out of ten, the next words out of my mouth will be,
What is your project about?
Behind the Question
I want to know what your project is about—but that doesn’t translate into a burning desire to be lectured on [...]
If you don’t already have a meeting scheduled with an editor, you may just have to “cold call” at the conference. But how?
The simple answer is to pick a person who obviously works there and open with this:
“I’d like to talk with an editor about a book project. Can you lead me in the right [...]