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AAWC 2007 Session 2 - The Editor-Writer Relationship
2007/05/18 - 10:30-12:00 - The Editor-Writer Relationship
- Lives in NY
- Grew up in AA
- Knopf / Pantheon
- Poet / Writer
- Writing Teacher
- Editor of Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes
- Lives in Chelsea
- Listen to everything, but choose what resonates with you. [On feedback about your work.]
- The more published [an author is], the more open people/authors are to input. --> echoed by Garrison.
- Need to develop the skill of taking advice.
- Love other voices.
- Good editors love other voices and want to to edit.
- Editors are paid to express their opinion.
- Best thing to do to find an editor is to go to writers' conferences.
- Q: What about mentors in writing?
- Garrison: Sometimes working with an established author (at a workshop) may establish a connection that will give you a leg up in finding an agent.
- Swan: Programs (grad and otherwise) helps establish connections. ==> [FF:] Pity Clarion is gone.
- Garrison: Looking for that unique Voice / perspective.
- Q: What does an agent bring to you [as an editor]?
- Garrison: NF, proposal, sample chapter and outline. Fiction, whole novel. Agents also brings the relationship, history, known taste, etc.
- Q: How does one get assigned an editor?
- Garrison: usually the editor that acquires the book.
- Swan: The most important thing for a first book is to have a good, strong manuscript.
Q: How do you ask a "name" to read something (if you've had some contact...)?
- Garrison: Be gracious, keep it short and sweet.
- Swan: Proceed with an open spirit, then it will come back to you. --> Heath Taylor [local to AA author] has been generous with his time...
- Book Expo America (check for program [on their website]) [is a good place to] research for publishers.
NOTES: Quoted comments were statements made by Craig HoldenSquare bracketed stuff I added when I typed this in.