“Most nos happen on the first page. The market is saturated and you only have maybe 500 words to grab readers. Have lots of people read your first page.”
“A new author cannot pitch anything to an editor. A pitch is worthless as few people can actually finish a novel. We’re only interested if you have a book done.”
“All correspondence with an editor is professional. Be clear and concise and polite. Quirky is often inappropriate.”
One editor said she only looks at the synopsis if she likes the first ten pages.
“Follow the guidelines on all the big things for submission, ie. genre, length, exclusions.” Do your homework.
“The professionalism of your indie product is the biggest attraction to a traditional publishing house.”
-Why Editors Pass Panel