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I am your editor

I am your editor
I have been in publishing for over ten years, mostly as an editor. I am the person who accepts or rejects your manuscript. Here is how I make my decisions. I look at the envelopes I am opening as I work my way down the slush pile. Sloppy presentation is not a good sign. Neat, clearly labeled parcels give me hope. Out come the manuscripts. The submissions with proper SASEs are sorted again. First, because the genre was not right. Second, the submission was not publishable. Third, the submission was unreadable. What does make it easy for me? Those still on my desk get their cover letters read in full. I also enjoy the breathy cover letter that explains the psychology of the characters, the themes of the book, and the spiritual depths of the author: 'This is a sensitive, brilliant, yet deep-felt novel exploring what it means to open yourself to the love that flows through the universe. Now I have a much reduced pile of not-yet-rejected MSS. Scary, isn't it? What do I read? I can't?

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Explaining too much One of the usual mistakes beginners make is to explain too much. How much is too much? Deciding this needs a dispassionate eye, a sense of pace, and a sense of what is really necessary for the story. These come with experience, but a beginner can start developing them by recognising the problem. The problem is love.

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