Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Love/Hate Wednesday

LOVE

Voice.

I'd say one of the first things (if not the first) I look for in a submission; I'll read the first paragraph and see if it's engaging me voice-wise, and know I want to read more. Here's a throwback, and another, to a few posts I wrote all about it!

Tip: you can use the "search" feature of this blog to view more, if you're ever looking for something specific!


HATE

Unsolicited Twitter pitches.

Certainly, if I'm participating in a Twitter pitch event, it's a-ok to pitch there. Outside of that special event space, however, no way. It's pushy and smells of spam (yes, I mean junk mail, but you should also picture a stanky wave of SPAM wafting up to me from Twitter from each unsolicited Twitter pitch, because that is exactly the face I make when I see one).

Twitter is a powerful networking tool, and should absolutely be used to your marketing advantage - but in the right way. Don't ever be a spam-bot. I have submission guidelines for a reason.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Love/Hate Wednesday

LOVE

My clients. I know it was just #agentsday, but truly, I wouldn't be who or where I am without all of my fabulous clients!


HATE

When writers pretend to have an offer of representation so that I'll read faster.

Oh yes, this happens. And guess what? I also have lots of agent friends and...we ALL know when this happens, because we totally talk to one another. Trust me: you do this, and you set yourself up for failure. You'll get a faster response, sure...but just a faster "no."

Agent Jennifer Laughran wrote a great post all about this, and offer of representation etiquette you should check out!