How I Learned to Love the Slush Pile by Lisa Mangum
Five things you can’t control about the process
- Publishing is a business
- The number of manuscripts submitted in a given year
- The number of available slots a publisher has for new writers
- Other submissions similar to yours
- Editor’s mood
Things you can control
1. Do your homework
- Are you in the right slush pile?
- Who’s going to buy your book? (Find and know audience)
- How’s your book different? (Be clear)
- What are people buying? (Fresh vs. overdone)
- What’s your marketing plan? (Helps but not a deal breaker)
- Have I let 5 honest people read my book? (Critique group)
2. Follow posted guidelines
- Simple packaging with clear return address
- Professional email
3. Write a killer cover letter (query)
- Simple and short
- Complete contact information, book summary, hook
- Hero’s goals, obstacles, and consequence of failure
4. Showcase your talent
- Show your dedication to your craft
- Make your best the best it can be
5. Deal with rejection letter
- If they didn’t want it, who else can I send it to?
- If you get feedback, fix and resubmit
- Continue to submit
The Critical Skill of Self Editing by Linda Mulleneaux
- When it comes to dialog – less is more
- Setting is not a travel log
- Things that will get you reject – boring plot, poor characterization, bad voice and errors
- Use the right word – swipe means slap not wipe
- Beware of starting sentences with “ing” verbs
Social Media Marketing by Dave Eaton
- Brand your name
- Where is your audience?
- Where does your competition reach your audience?
- How big is your audience?
Reach Your Dream – It’s Closer than You Think by Lisa Mangum
Our closing keynote was very encouraging and motivational.
- Make writing an everyday a priority
5 Steps to Success
- Buy the Lamborghini – follow the dream
- Dreams can change
- Inside of me there’s a story only I can tell
- Don’t hurry, don’t worry, don’t stop
- Your dream is closer than you think
This conference was so great; just reading my notes left me re-energized! It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged, yet it is important to be true to your dream and keep working toward it. I can’t wait to go to next year’s ANWA Conference!