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Soosaw

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How nice of you to chime in, Ms. Newman!  Your input is invaluable.  :thanks2

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#31 - September 07, 2009, 07:06 PM

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Yes, I second the comments from Soosaw.
I still cann't get synopses and cover letters right.  The bain of my life and probably why I don't submit half as much as I could.  Then again, that could be a confidence thing too.
#32 - September 08, 2009, 02:47 AM

Try to get your synopsis down to ONE sentence (maybe two). It is hard but fun, and you will learn whether you have a story with a conflict/resolution...maybe even a high concept. :) Don't repeat yourself at all in your pitch. Every sentence moves forward to a logical conclusion. And add voice. Your voice in your pitch should match the tone of the voice in your script. Relax and write it till it does what it is supposed to.

Absolutely research your publisher. Look at their line, read about individual editors' tastes, read what the CWIM says about what the house is looking for in a manuscript.
Read everything you can find on editors who are looking for the kind of material you write. And ask yourself hard questions about what the specific publisher publishes and how and to whom they market.

For instance Henry Holt: they look for pbs for trade with curriculum tie in for schools and also to the library market.

Then research what else is out there and try to make your book stand out/apart.You only have control over what your can see.
:)

#33 - September 09, 2009, 06:32 AM
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MiriamN

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You're welcome, Soosaw! I'm glad to help.

Cheers,

Miriam Newman
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#34 - September 14, 2009, 10:49 AM

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Hi, Miriam!
So... let's say Lee and Low are on the very short list for a particular author's PB. Would now be a bad time to send it, as you may very well be snowed in under contest subs? Or is it "darn the torpedoes, full speed ahead" over there right now?

Just askin'! :whistle
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#35 - September 15, 2009, 05:33 PM
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Nicky,

With the caveat that I'm not in Editorial, I'd say go ahead and send it when you feel it's ready. Our submissions editor is very good about making sure everything gets looked at, even around New Voices time.

And, of course, you're a Blueboarder, so you've done your homework and are not going to send us talking animals, folklore, or anything else our submissions guidelines tell you not to submit. And you know that if we want it, we'll get in touch with you within six months but can't reply otherwise. (Not sending rejections is one of the ways we keep our submissions editor's desk clear enough that she *can* look at everything, even around New Voices time.)

Good luck!

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#36 - September 16, 2009, 02:07 PM

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Miriam,

Thanks so much!  :thankyou


#37 - September 16, 2009, 02:47 PM
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RoyB

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 :snoopy Very nice site, Miriam.  :snoopy

Well organized, neat, and easy to navigate.  :smile
#38 - October 04, 2009, 10:44 AM

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Thanks, Grampy!

Cheers,

Miriam Newman
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#39 - October 05, 2009, 07:32 AM

Kathy Lawrence

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Hi,
I don't know if this is how you start a new thread. Some of my stories I have been writing for years. When I'm done polishing one I love it then I put away for a while, take it out and read it and am always having misgivings. When do I know when the right time is to send my work into a publisher.
                                                                  Kathy :hairpull
#40 - December 02, 2009, 01:07 AM

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Hi,
I can't decide when my work is ready to be sent into a publisher
                                                Kathy :hairpull
#41 - December 02, 2009, 01:11 AM

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Kathy,

Here is a thread on that topic...
http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=28893.0

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#42 - December 02, 2009, 12:26 PM
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Hi everyone,

The original question was from two years ago.  I have deleted a couple of new posts answering the original question.

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