March 6th, 2009

From the editor’s mouth

Wouldn’t you like to get some advice from Andrew Karre, the editorial director at Carolrhoda, and previously the editor at Flux, Llewellyn Worldwide's young adult imprint? In this blog post, he answers questions like “What are the top 3 things every author should and must do to promote their book?”



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Everybody loves queryfail

I'm not on Twitter, but even I have heard of this. Agent Colleen Lindsay started a #queryfail thread and agents, book editors and periodicals acquisition editors began posting about their queries in real time.

Publishers Lunch pulled together their favorites:
"Please be advised of my request that you consider reviewing a page-turning novel that I have recently completed."
"I'M TYPING MY QUERY IN ALL CAPS SO YOU WILL BE SURE TO NOTICE IT."
"Have you ever wondered what it's like to be pulled up a waterfall or to be flushed down a toilet?"
"This is my first attempt at writing a fictional novel."
"...this, the first book in a seven-book series..."
"I've been working on this novel for twenty five years."
"This book is The Notebook meets The Lord of the Rings."
"It's a unique combination of memoir and novel."
"My book is the first in an imagined autobiography of my tragedy."
"This is groundbreaking work that will change the way we view everything!"
"My book is differentiated from Twilight because the vampires have wings, and are half-breed angels."
"I've been rejected by three other publishers who said my work w as interesting."
"I've queried more than 50 agents and have gotten nowhere and now I'm querying you."
"I don't think you're the right agent for me, but could you pass my query along to some of your colleagues?"
"I hope you don't mind that I found your personal email address..." '
"I know you don't represent children's literature, but I hope you'll make an exception in my case."



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Condi writes for kids Y

ou may have heard that Condi Rice has sold three books, including a YA about her family. But did you know that she’s also shopping picture book ideas? Vanity Fair gives the tongue-in-cheek scoop here.



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