In May, I participated in an online auction for Diabetes Research where the prizes consisted (almost exclusively) of publishing related items: i.e., ARCs of novels, book collections, author meet-and-greets, and editor/agent critiques. I was fortunate enough (by making a hefty donation to the cause) to win a critique by a senior editor at a small publishing house. The critique is of the synopsis and first 3 chapters of my unpublished manuscript; however, since the critique has not come back to me yet, this post is not about that. What I want to write about today is a question that the editor posed to me when she sent me her instructions on how to submit my materials. What she asked from me was this:
“When you submit, be sure and tell me anything and everything about where you are. Are you new, have you been working on your craft for a while, a frequent contest finalist, are you self-publishing? […] Are you getting requests easily but then polite declines from editors who look at your work? Is this a new genre or sub-genre for you? […] Please offer any context or information that could be helpful so I know where you are in your writing career.”
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this request. I was floored by the fact that she was willing to not only ready my writing, but to learn about me and my journey. Writers don’t often have the opportunity to share our journey with editors and agents when we submit our work. We have to cut those things out of our query letters and let the agent focus on the manuscript itself. I have been working on BLOOD OF ESTA for ten years, so it was refreshing and exciting to be able to share a decades worth of struggles and successes with an editor. I am glad she will get to understand were I am at in the process while she reviews my work.
So without any further adieu, I will share with you the same journey I shared with the small press editor. Continue reading My Writing Journey So Far…