Sunday, September 22, 2013
A few notes from our Agent/Editor/Art Director Panel
Number one piece of advice:
Jordan Brown: Read all that you can!
Lisa Cheng: Research, research, research!
Michael Bourret: Find a great agent.
Note: All panel members are looking for multicultural stories.
Is it okay to query an agent if you've been rejected by them before?
Michael: Yes, but the fact I've turned something down previously does not color my feelings about new work.
Josh Adams: The time to submit is when you are ready. We are several authors who we are happily working with that we turned down the first time around.
Should I hire a copy editor before pitching?
Bonnie Bader: I don't think a copy editor is necessary. Proofread what you send in.
What are some of your author/illustrator pet peeves?
Bonnie Bader: Being late on a manuscript and coming up with excuse after excuse.
Josh Adams: Not listening.
Lorraine Joyner: Don't make excuses (in regard to deadlines)!
Michael Bourret: I can forgive anything except dishonesty.
Lisa Cheng: I encourage writers to contextualize what I'm saying (referencing editor feedback).