Now suppose you’ve sent off your manuscripts but you haven’t had any luck yet (and yes, luck is part of the process.)
You decide to head off to a writers’ conference and actually meet agents and editors personally. If you can meet them in person, you reason, you can turn them on to your work. Slow down on that plan. The Kill Zone gives you tips so you’re ready to meet those industry professional as equals.
The power differential in the agent/editor/author relationship drives writers crazy. There’s much more drama around meeting editors and agents than there needs to be.
You are an equal. You’re a human being, neither above nor below. Don’t go hat in hand.
It’s a friendly business meeting. Think of it that way.
- An Open Letter to Editors (and a P.S. to Agents) (write4kids.com)
- Five Writers Explain How They Got, Kept and Fired Agents (theawl.com)
- Go, Go #NaNoWriMo (bostonbibliophile.com)
- Demonstrate Your Writing Insecurities (tjantunen.com)
- Killer Openings (pubrants.blogspot.com)
- Suggestions for Being a More Productive Writer (joannaslan.blogspot.com)
- 4 Insights for Novelists (and One So-So Tip) (psychologytoday.com)
- What happens after you deliver a book? (davidhewson.com)
- How can I get started editing this manuscript? (ask.metafilter.com)