- Which categories do you currently acquire/
represent? Which category has a
special/constant place in your heart?
Answer: I acquire SF/F, mystery, thrillers, and historical fiction.
- What length synopsis do you prefer to see with a partial? Single spaced or double?
- In terms of submissions, what are you sick to death of and what would you like to see more of?
are the most compelling elements you feel are necessary for a good
read? What particularly grabs your attention?
Answer: While I can teach many tricks to help a writer develop their craft, the essential hook for a story is hard. If the writer pulls me into a story and makes me care about the characters, then I am willing to overlook a lot of flaws.
- For you, in general, which elements in a fiction submission are terminal problems garnering automatic rejections and which are tempting and fixable meriting a look at a revision if a talented author is willing to accept your advice?
- Weak Grammar
- Common plot
- Poor character development
- Story is too controversial (ie rape, politics, religion—what else?)
- Mediocre / uninspired writing
- Excessive use of violence or cursing
- Lacking genre –specific requirements like, suspense/sexual tension/ world-building
- Pacing is off—plot is too slow
- Story starts in wrong spot
- Ending is unsatisfactory
- Does meeting an author face-to-face at a conference make a difference in your response time, the submission process, or the rejection process (ie. Form letter vs a few sentences of advice)?
- Besides the writing, the story and the talent, what are the most important elements you look for in an author, ie. contest wins, cooperativeness, affiliations to writers organizations, knowledge of publishing industry, promotability, etc?
- Do you have any pet peeves?