- “I’m sorry to say that in this instance I am going to pass on your work. The children’s and YA market is very competitive, as you may well know, and I have to feel a very high degree of confidence in a particular story to take it on. While yours certainly has its merits, I’m just not quite convinced it’s one for me.”
- “Thanks for your query. I’d be pleased to consider The Codex…Can you kindly send the full manuscript as a word doc. attachment via e-mail?”
At the moment I’m working with my first editor at S&S Aladdin, and I can say I've already learned a few things:
- Adding an unprompted 20,000 words to your rewrite is not necessarily a good thing. Apparently it messes up all kinds of profit and loss spreadsheets and it's harder to carry the pages around the office.
- The passive voice is not much loved.
- Don’t get too attached to titles.
- If your editor is from Texas, he or she will be delighted with any and all Jackalope references you can throw in.