4 Responses to “State of mind matters”

  1. Kira Daniels June 18, 2009 at 10:47 AM #

    Nice information. I like it that you let us in on what makes an editor tick. 🙂

  2. Kimber An June 18, 2009 at 11:30 AM #

    While I whole-heartedly and emphatically agree an aspiring author ought to avail herself of all the help she can find in getting her manuscript as perfect as it can possibly be, I can only hope editors and agents realize there are some things which are extremely difficult for the unpublished to figure out on their own before the query process. Where exactly is the dividing line between Young Adult and regular adult fiction? It seems to vary from person to person, publisher to publisher. Exactly how does Samhain, and perhaps each individual Samhain editor, define each Heat Level? If a story has mythological elements or is obviously inspired by mythology, will it be lumped in with Fantasy or can it pass for Science Fiction? Does the Heroine have to meet the Hero right off the bat or can she meet the villain first in order for it to qualify for the Romance genre? Are mommies absolutelly forbidden from being Kick-Butt Heroines? Etc…and so on and so forth. It can be very confusing, especially when we’re tossed about by all the other advice we receive elsewhere before that manuscript ever lands in your in-box. I have a novel, in fact, I’ve been thinking of subbing to Samhain, but I am so confused about whether it fits what you want I still haven’t sent it.

  3. Jaci Burton June 18, 2009 at 11:51 AM #

    Kimber An….I’m not Angie but in reading your post I’m reminded of myself when I was an unpublished author, and all the what ifs? and questions I had about the publishing process and what could possibly be on an editor or agent’s mind when looking at a submission. All those questions bogged me down and kept me from focusing on the one thing that could generate a sale….writing.

    Over the years, the one true thing I’ve learned is….write a great book. The heat level is your heat level. The level of fantasy is your level of fantasy. It really doesn’t matter who meets who first and when in your book, because if you’ve written a great book they will keep reading it. The key element is the way you tell the story, and bottom line that’s all that matters–your writing. Anything else can be edited and the rest of the details will take care of themselves. If you write a great book and your voice sings and an editor or agent loves it, they’ll want to take you on. Then you can have all those detail oriented questions answered.


  4. Angie June 18, 2009 at 12:00 PM #

    ^ what she said 🙂

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