What a publisher/editor wants to hear.

This says it all! Thank you, Kate. I know my readers will appreciate this.

Kate Gale: A Mind Never Dormant

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1. I write well.
2. I’m willing to edit my work.
3. I’d like to be a lifelong conversation with someone I can learn from.
4. I’m aware that I have a lot to learn.
5. I am committed to selling my book and being an advocate for this press in the world.
6. I like this press and I respect how hard you work.
7. I’m not just writing one book, this is my life.
8. I am willing to spend money to travel, to promote the book.
9. I’m willing to go anywhere and to be charming when I get there.
10. I feel grateful to have ideas and be able to write them and to be talking with you.

What we often get instead:

1. I’m cool? Don’t you think so?
2. I need to make money as a writer; you can make that happen for me.

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About Miriam Sagan

I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well (https://miriamswell.wordpress.com). The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

1 thought on “What a publisher/editor wants to hear.

  1. Hi Miriam: I am antagonized into responding to this for some reason. Not exactly sure why as this is your domain and gift to the cyber world and I don’t want to muddy it up. But I am disheartened by Kate ‘ s 10 points if her audience is a reasonably balanced adult writer of reasonable artistic maturity. It sounds like advice to a late teen / early twenty-something on growing up. Thus it is a put – off and comes off as a grudge against being an editor / publisher and not a true offer for growth and encouragement. It is really advice in grace and basic human kindness and gratitude and has little to do with being a writer or getting published. I am just drawn out from under my rock on this. Thanks!

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