Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Ask The Editor Free-For-All Today!
It's back - The Ask the Editor Free-For-All
Last month's Ask the Editor Free-For-All drew a terrific response from our readers, with corresponding great answers from our editors. I counted 68 comments in all. Hopefully, the tradition will carry forth, bringing us even more wonderful questions and answers.
In case you're new to what's going on, this is where you get to ask those embarrassing questions you're dying to know the answers to, but don't want to sound silly asking them of an acquisitions editor or agent.
Here's how it works:
Today, and Every First Tuesday of the Month, The Blood-Red Pencil holds what we call the Ask the Editor Free-For-All. I scour e-groups beforehand, putting out a cry for likely guinea pigs; no, seriously, I mean candidates. Even if you don't see the call in one of my e-groups, you’re more than welcome to join in.
I’m sure many of you have questions you’d like to ask editors. Maybe you’re submitting a manuscript or thinking of submitting one, but are afraid to ask for an explanation of a fine point that really bothers you. You don’t want to sound like you don’t know the business, yet you’d really appreciate knowing what to do before you submit. Doing the wrong thing could mean rejection. Here’s your chance to get an answer before it’s too late.
Even if you haven’t reached the submission stage, a question or two might be hindering you from getting down to writing, or perhaps producing your best work.
We’re offering you a chance to put our mind at ease by solving some pesky problems beforehand. Ask and one of our able editors will answer.
To Submit A Question, Follow These Easy Steps:
Leave a comment in the comment section below. Make sure you include your name and blogspot or website not only for promo, but so we know you’re legit.
One or more of our editors will hop over during the day and answer your question in the comment section. If an editor feels your question needs a more lengthy explanation, you'll get a comment to the effect that an entire post will be devoted to the subject at a later date. If that's the case, you'll receive even more promotion. You may even be told where to send a jpeg of your book cover and/or yourself and a buy link.
If you wish to leave your e-mail address with your comment, you may, but it's not required. Because your question may require a follow-up, it wouldn't hurt if you do mention somewhere in your comment where you heard about our Ask the Editor Free-For-All. That way we can contact you so you don't miss the answer.
Remember to check back here not only for your answer, but also the answers to other people's questions. You never know if they could prove helpful as well. Since some are on Digest, questions and answers may carry on through Wednesday, and possibly Thursday.
As I mentioned before, don't be afraid that your question might seem silly. We all start somewhere. That's how we learn.
Okay, bring on the questions!