editor and publisher

Tips from a YA Editor by Anne Regan: Crafting a Query Letter

What’s a query letter?

  • A short (single page) introduction of you and your book to a publisher or agent
  • Use professional business letter format, font, and language
  • Do your research about the publisher or agent so you can:
  • Personalize the letter to a specific person (for example, the acquisitions editor)
  • Show how your book meets their submission criteria

Start with the most important information first

  • A “hook” – one sentence that captures the essence of your story and makes them want more
  • To save his world, a hobbit must destroy a powerful magic ring.
  • A farm boy joins the rebellion against an evil galactic empire.

State how your story fits what they publish or represent.

  • I enjoy your fantasy novels and would appreciate your considering my novel Hobbit Wars.
  • Always include the title, genre, and word count.
  • Be sure these meet the submission guidelines for your target publisher or agent.

Include a brief synopsis of the story

  • No more than one or two short paragraphs – ideally no more than 150 words
  • Focus on your main characters, their goals, and the obstacles they face to achieve them
  • Don’t overdisclose – leave the editor or agent wanting to read more
Wrap it up
  • Include a sentence or two about yourself
  • Include any writing credits, awards, or special background that influences your story
  • Thank the editor or agent for their time and consideration
  • Based on the submission guidelines, include the manuscript or excerpt or let them know it is available on request

silverliening replied to your post: Will the shifter fic be available to purchase in…

As a Canadian I completely feel you on the usa grammar thing so good on you for not submitting to that

*high fives*

Tbh it’s one of the things that pisses me off about the m/m industry the most, is that most of the publishers cut costs by having ‘US grammar’ in their submission requirements.

It’s the job of their in house editors to change UK or Canadian or Australian grammar into US grammar, because that’s what they’ve trained for. But me? No, I haven’t trained for that. I know some of the conventions of US grammar, but not all of them, and how am I supposed to catch everything when I’m someone who has lived, breathed and been surrounded by Australian grammar all of my life? And it’s sufficiently intimidating enough that you end up with people outside of the US who complete entire novels and go straight to self-pub because of the unreasonable expectations of publishing houses. And it is unreasonable. You are being asked to do extra labour for free, when they will not pay you for that level of editing, and they don’t want to pay their own editors to do it.

As someone who has also published science fiction, I’m also aware of how many other publishers in other genres specifically don’t do this. It’s very specific to the m/m industry in particular, and it is a cost cutting device. I get that publishing houses don’t make that much, but god, they make way way more than the author ever does. I had never in my life seen a publishing house (including plenty of US ones) requesting ‘US grammar’ when open to all English language submissions, until I entered into the world of m/m. Most of the time prior to this, if you wanted US grammar, you just had your in house editor/s do that since hell, that’s one of the many reasons you hire editors.

In the past, when I’ve had works accepted by US publishers outside of m/m, they’ve just edited the Australian grammar to US because amazingly, they know what to look for better than I do, since they’re US editors. The m/m industry? *grumbles*

I could talk in a scathing way about this for approximately a month and a half, but my dislike of the homogenisation of grammar into ‘US grammar’ as though that’s somehow universal, when some of the best and most well-known m/m authors are in the UK, Canada or Australia is like…a thing. I hate it. (And I especially hate it when you write a book set in the UK or Canada or Australia and a big publishing house goes ‘yeah submit that in US grammar please’) I not only don’t agree with it, I will take measures to make sure US readers get exposed to other forms of English-language grammar because god, it’s not going to kill them. If someone doesn’t want to read Australian grammar because it’s ‘too hard’, they probably won’t enjoy my writing anyway.

Librarian AU

Viktor is not a writer nor an author. He’s not even an editor or works at any publishing companies.

He just really loves books. A Lot.

He has enough books in his apartment for a mini library. Some of them are still in moving boxes he has yet to open. His bookshelves are a smooth black wood style. None of the shelves are organized by genre or even alphabetized. All the books are just crammed in together in random places whenever Viktor is finished reading one book or another. His favorite books are marked with a red bookmark. 

Viktor can quote anything from Shakespeare to corny pick up lines in sappy Romance novels to sci-fi fantasy theories.

Strangely enough, he chose not to work or volunteer at a library. He prefers keeping his nerdy obsession with books separate from his career. Instead Viktor teaches skating lessons part time at a rink close by to the public library which he frequently visits after his lessons.

Another strange fact is Viktor has yet to sign up for a library card.

He doesn’t really need to honestly with all the books he already has at home. Whatever books he finds interesting he reads it there until closing time in one of the lounge chairs that are so comfy you could fall asleep in. When he comes back and finds the same books again he knows exactly where he’s left off. 

He can remember the most famous lines from novels, the most interesting characters, the surprising plot twists, and pages where he last read without a bookmark.

He just keeps forgetting to get a library card.

Until one day he discovers a reason to not forget this time.

[To be continued]

anonymous asked:

Hi! Hope you're all doing well. I was looking for a one-shots where Lily's​ an editor/publisher and James works with her but he drunkenly sent her a confession or sorts? I've seen it tagged here a few times but I can't remember​ it for the life of me. Thanks!!

Found it!  It’s part of a one shot series:

Title: Drunk Draft (Fading Capillary Lights )
Author: Apalapucian
Rating: T
Genre(s): Romance, Humour
Chapters: 1 (out of 23)
Word Count: ~
Summary: writer/editor AU

sexylibrarian1  asked:

I have a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in English. I give zero fucks about grammatical errors in fiction. Last I checked, we don't all have editors and publishers who comb through our stuff. Gen is a beautiful writer and she also happens to run some of the most entertaining stuff I've ever had the fortune to read on Tumblr. So that anon should be quiet. Green is not a flattering color.

Thank you darling 😘

Quoting My Nerdy Love For You - daysinrussiavictuuri - Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime) [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
Characters: Katsuki Yuuri, Victor Nikiforov, Makkachin (Yuri!!! on Ice), Nishigori Yuuko, Nishigori Takeshi
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Library, Libraries, Librarian AU, Fluff, First Meetings, Getting Together, Victor and Yuuri being book nerds

Viktor is not a writer nor an author. He’s not even an editor or works at any publishing companies.

He just really loves books. A Lot.

Isayama’s editorial staffs hand-selected fan art for the August 2016 Issue (published in July 9th, 2016) of Bessatsu Magazine. 

[translation: @yusenki ]

Top Drawing

Levi: I have vowed!

Comment: Levi carves his vow to Erwin on his chest and fights! What would happen to the Captain after the decisive battle in Shiganshina?

Bottom Drawing

Comment: The two persons who have always been supporting SC’s continuous harsh battles! The strain in the beginning of their story [ACWNR], has already been healed in the SNK series.

So my interests seem to lean toward the creative arts. *shocking* With particular interests in writing (duh), teaching (also duh), translating (surprised duh, but still a duh), and – this one was a bit of an actual surprise – the military.

What made me laugh was when she pointed out that my Willingness to Work With A Group or whatever it’s called was literally at zero… like… it’s true. I’d rather do a huge project on my own than work with other people. It’s a really awful trait imo. Good if I ever want to write a book though, right? (She says as she blissfully pretends to forget about editors, publishers, and all that exhausting peopling shit)

Found a couple of interesting jobs to search into. Will probably do that later if I don’t forget. Kinda done with the introspection for today.

kitalene  asked:

Greetings *curtsies* I was just wondering if you could tell me about the publishing process of a book. I am hoping to be an author in future and I was just wondering if you could tell me anything, if you know anything. I'm only asking because I've looked it up and I still don't quite understand it :/

*Curtsies* Hi. So, it’s definitely something I have a better handle on than some simply because I’m in the middle of the process. There’s an explanation of literary agents and how they work here and a step by step process of how to go about getting one here (and there’s even more under the literary agents tag).

But here’s what happens after you’ve signed with an agent, because I don’t think I’ve done a blow-by-blow of that:

  1. Revise. Chances are your agent will have some thoughts about what you need to fix in your manuscript before you submit it to editors. I did three different drafts between querying and submission, but it’ll vary from agent to agent and book to book. 
  2. Submit. This is the part where you sit back and let your agent do the work. Your agent will probably ask if you have any specific imprints or editors you’d like them to look at, and they’ll probably ask for your approval of the final list, but that’s about all you do as the writer once your agent deems your MS worthy of submission. Usually how this works (again, depending on the book, depending on the agent), is that your agent will submit to editors and imprints at the Big Five publishers. If nobody bites, they’ll do a second round of submission with smaller publishers and so on. If they can’t get any interest, then the two of you will put your heads together, revise, and try again. My agent submitted my book to sixteen different editors in the first round and amazingly one of them wanted it so we never had to move past step one. (Your agent may also submit to international publishers once an English-language deal is struck, and the whole process will start again overseas.)
  3. Strike a deal. When an editor’s interested in your manuscript, they’ll talk to the agent first and then ask to talk to the author. I spent ninety minutes on the phone with the lovely lady who is now my editor, talking about what she liked about the book and what kind of revisions she was interested in. Everything she said make perfect sense–there were even a few suggestions she made where I went, “Holy hell, how did I not think of that myself?”–and I had a really great feeling about her. Ordinarily at this point if the editor is still interested after talking to the author (you have to make sure you’re going to get along), s/he and the agent will begin negotiating terms. If more than one editor is interested, the agent negotiates with all of them and the book goes to whoever is offering the better deal. Our situation was a little different because my editor actually pre-empted my book, which means they make an immediate offer on it and you have to close by the end of the business day and withdraw your other submissions; but that’s not something we really need to get into.
  4. Guess what? Revise again. Fixing books is what editors do, and they’re going to have a lot of (good) input about your manuscript. So you as the author will get all their notes, make your changes, and turn them in. Repeat this process until both parties are satisfied and you’re within the deadline specified in your contract. 
  5. Design. These things can happen sort of simultaneously, but once the text is approved, the next step is design. This includes everything from cover art to font usage. As the author you don’t get a whole lot of say in this–you get to provide opinions but the final decision usually rests with the publisher. This is one of those reasons to be sure you have an editor you really like and get along with; they’re your advocate in-house.
  6. Publicity. Art without an audience is pretty pointless. So the next step is marketing. Once all the design is done, paperback ‘galley’ copies will be printed and distributed to readers and reviewers in order to (1) get blurbs and (2) drum up interest. In the meantime, it’s in the author’s best interest to be talking about their book as much as possible both online and off and getting people excited for the release.
  7. BAM. You have a book. Most likely a hardcover, with a paperback to be released a year later. But the work isn’t done–once your book is out there you have to keep promoting it, because as callous as it sounds, sales are important. 

Obviously the whole process isn’t so simple that seven bullet points on Tumblr can really do it justice, but that’s the idea. The last thing I’ll say is this–it’s totally smart to do your research and make sure you understand the process, but don’t jump the gun. Worry about the writing first. You should only start thinking about agents when you’ve written a few novels (not just one) and you have one that you think is really worth a reader’s time, and you’ve done a dozen drafts of it. Writing takes time and rushing it never ends well. Once you’re ready–really ready–you can start doing your research and worrying about query letters. 

Image: Max Perkins (Colin Firth) and Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) lean over the novelist’s unwieldy manuscript. (Marc Brenner/Roadside Attractions)

Screenwriter John Logan has worked on some big films. From Skyfall to Gladiator, Logan has learned well how the movie business works. So he knew his latest film, Genius, would be a tough sell.

“This movie is the worst Hollywood pitch in the history of the world,” he admits.

That’s because it’s about editing books. The film follows the relationship between the editor Maxwell Perkins – famous for discovering Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald – and a brash young writer named Thomas Wolfe.

The Editor’s Epic: Maxwell Perkins Makes For An Unlikely Big-Screen Hero

morganbritton132  asked:

Freddie punched the first editor that tried to publish pictures of her kids during the Hannibal trial.

It was just a picture of her holding Alfie’s hand while he held Winnie’s, Frederick’s hand on her shoulder as they went back to their car.

She had punched the editor hard in the chest and ordered him not to publish it.

“What are you going to do, Lounds?”

“I’m the only one in that whole fucking trial that doesn’t have a physical injury from fucking Hannibal Lecter, Grant. If you try to publish one picture of my children, I will fucking bury you. We’re getting more hits per day than you, and one article from me, and you are fucking dead. Clear?”


“Don’t rewrite someone’s work how YOU would have written it. That isn’t editing. Editing is bringing out the best of the story in line with the author’s voice, tone and goal.” - Amanda Pillar 

I have seen too many non-professional people who fancy themselves to be editors (and a couple of pro editors) fail at this very thing. Not to mention editors confusing ‘editing advice’ with ‘emotionally abusing a writer.’ If your editor - after you get back rewrites and notes - makes you feel like you want to write less, sweat bullets over the idea of writing, stress out about writing ‘right’ or feel like the process of creating is becoming only more and more painful over time, ditch them, and ditch them fast. Not everyone gets notes they like (that is the point of editing, after all), but you always have the right to reject anything that doesn’t click, and you should always walk away from a collaboration with an editor feeling stronger, not weaker.

I’m very fortunate that I got to interact with professional, lauded editors of great projects at university, and then later on in life as I pursued varied professional projects. All in all, I’ve probably met about 20-30 editors over the years, and I’ve learned much, including what a good editor won’t do to you or your work. I’ve had the privilege to work with professional editors on different published works (from poetry, to short stories, and now onto novels - some award winning and nominated) and I know how this process is supposed to go. I’ve seen too many authors and authors-who-don’t-know-better get crushed by people who believe they know best for a story and really don’t. 

Remember - You always have the right to ask for a new editor at a publishing house if your visions don’t mesh (and they won’t always). You always have the right to pull your work from an editor if they are destroying your work (it does happen, and I’ve recently seen one publisher in particular begin to fall apart because of this). A relationship with an editor should be collaborative. The editor needs to be consummately respectful of the author’s concept of style, execution. Ultimately an editor is there to assist a writer in the writer’s own work, not sneak their own voice and style into someone else’s work. The latter is not making a work stronger, but making it into something twisted. The true collaboration is when two people come together to make the original story shine in the way the author always intended it to, and the editor knows exactly what to bring to make that happen. 

An editor who insists brutality is key is not a professional. They go against most codes of ethics in many editing organisations in the world. An editor who uses abusive language is not a professional. An editor who tells you ‘this is how real editing is’ when they aren’t a member of an Editing Society and do not have an Editing Degree and don’t have any published books behind them is grandstanding. They are also lying to you about what the editing industry is like. Don’t believe me? Ask an editor affiliated with a Society with multiple published books behind them. An editor who is proud of their ability to be brutal above and beyond respecting the author’s voice, is an editor who enjoys the feeling of being right (whether or not they are) above respecting your creative work and passion.

If you tried to write the equivalent of a rose quartz, and your editor insists you need to be writing the equivalent of a smokey quartz - do yourself a favour, get the fuck out. 

Tagged by may bae @audreys-book-nook <3 yay!

What’s your dream job ?
To be an editor with a publishing company. Preferably working from home in New Zealand, Toronto, or London.

What are you talented at ?
Being self-conscious.

What’s your aesthetic ?
Books, ferns, otters

What is a big goal you’re working towards ?
Applying to grad school!

Do you collect anything ?
All of the books. Oh, and the tears of my enemies.

What’s a topic you’re always up to talk about ?
Lin Manuel Miranda, Beauty and the Beast, books, travel stories, tattoos… so many things.

What’s a pet peeve of yours ?
Cat calling.

Good advice to give
Love yourself. No matter what, do what makes you happy, and what makes you LOVE who you are. Because there is nobody in the world like you.

Recommend three songs
Help Me Mama by ZZ Ward, Believer by Imagine Dragons, and The Story by Brandi Carlile

I tag! @books-and-cookies @lizziethereader @aelinqueenofshadows and @amberthebooklion AND ALL OF YOU!

anonymous asked:

Tub meme -nautilusfirstmate

Send me ‡ for my character’s reaction to yours climbing in the tub with mine. @nautilusfirstmate

Robbie had pretty much dozed off in the bathtub. It was the first real moment of quiet he had in awhile now, and yes, there was a giant glass of wine nearby. Mostly, it had been forgotten about once he’s sunk into the hot water of the large, vintage tub that stood on clawed feet. That was one of the few nice things about having an older apartment, some of the furnishings were older and occasionally nicer. Especially when they were large enough to nearly get lost in, as well as the potential to fit someone else in comfortably. 

Not that he was thinking about someone else joining him at the moment. Honestly, he wasn’t thinking about much. It had been a long week meeting with various editors and publishers along with a few select others within the writing field now that his most recent manuscript was complete. There were even talks that this could be his breakout book. One that really pushed him into the spotlight. While that was all good and well, all he had been thinking about was the fact he wasn’t used to all the human contact and that he missed Liam. He’s barely had a chance to see him. He was sure the man had plenty to keep him busy as well, but still… 

He made sure though before all the chaos had ensued, he gave Liam a key so he could drop when he wanted, if they both found time. He briefly wondered if he had texted Liam about being in for the afternoon but couldn’t remember, and if he didn’t, he would make sure to call him once he was out of the bath. 

He could have stayed there for hours, so no, he didn’t hear his front door open, or even the bathroom door. And Liam must have been quiet dropping his clothes to the floor as well, because Robbie hadn’t noticed a damn thing until the water began to shit and his eyes flicked open, a stupid grin spreading over his features as he realized Liam was there. “I was just thinking about you.” He purred and sat up and back a bit, giving him plenty of room to sink down and get comfortable. 

“I’ve got wine.” He added with a small giggle and reached to pull Liam close and into a hug first once he was settled. 

@parentingpete (hope that worked?)


It’s amazing! Honestly I wish the author could monetize it because they deserve it. It’s fanfic of course, but it’s almost an entirely different world. New characters. New rules. All kinds of crazy politics (which I love). It’s like the HP universe on steroids (and for adults).

It’s just…..epic.

Don’t get me wrong. There are definitely some flaws. But it’s the kind of flaws that could get ironed out with a good editor before publishing (if that was a possibility). The story itself is solid.

I probably reread it about once a year or so and have for many years now. It’s a serious commitment. There are 7 arcs, hundreds of chapters and a word count that I don’t even want to think about.

Sorry/not sorry for the long winded answer. The nerd in me couldn’t resist. 😆