Ask An Editor: The Questions

November 3rd, 2008 • Kate

Ok, guys, we got a lot of great questions for my upcoming trip. Now, as promised, I’m posting what I think are the best or the most popular three questions, and you guys get to decide, in the comments, which one question I’m going to post to each editor I see in NYC in the forthcoming week. Ready? Here goes!
JenFW asks, When editors search the internet for further info about a potential author, what are some things that make an impression, good or bad?
And Margay wants to know, What is the number one thing an author can do to make an editor’s job easier?
Finally, Beth wonders, Cory Doctorow, and now Neil Gaiman, are giving away copies of their books for free online. From an editor’s money-making business point-of-view, is this a good idea? Does it really help sales, as Doctorow suggests? Or does it only work on select cases and with select (or famous) authors?
Let me know which of these three questions you most want answered, and which lucky reader gets a copy of Let It Snow! As for those questions that didn’t make the top three, I’m going to do my best to respond to them between meetings, at least from an agent’s perspective.

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17 Responses to “Ask An Editor: The Questions”

  1. Rena Says:

    The final question by Beth gets my vote:
    “Cory Doctorow, and now Neil Gaiman, are giving away copies of their books for free online. From an editor’s money-making business point-of-view, is this a good idea? Does it really help sales, as Doctorow suggests? Or does it only work on select cases and with select (or famous) authors?”
    This is a question that I’ve been thinking about since the guest posts on Nathan Bransford’s blog. I would love know the answer! Thanks.

  2. Julia Says:

    The first question gets my vote. What about our internet presence? Thanks!

  3. Jeni Says:

    I like the first question, too!

  4. Kiersten Says:

    First question for me, too.

  5. jeanoram Says:

    These are very good questions and I'd love to know the answer to all three. However, I feel that Jen's is the one that is most relevant to where I currently am as a writer. Therefore, Jen's question. Thanks!

  6. Emily Says:

    i vote for jen’s question too!

  7. bridgetzinn Says:

    I vote for the first question too.

  8. laurzabeth Says:

    From my I-want-to-be-a-publisher-someday standpoint, I'd like to know you thoughts on Beth's question about free online books. I remember John Green saying something about this in terms of copyright laws, but in in that case I am ignorant.
    However, from my I-want-to-be-a-published-writer standpoint, I am very curious to read your answers to JenFW's question. In the processes of finding an employer today, the presence of one's online identity can be detrimental or helpful. I would like to know how that would fare with finding an agent?

  9. Narda Says:

    I vote for the third question, about giving away books online.

  10. Jaekaebee Says:

    I’m with the first question and JenFW too. Tell about the internet presence!

  11. Carrie Harris Says:

    I like the first question too!
    Enjoy the trip. 🙂

  12. Christy Says:

    Beth's question gets my vote!
    Christy

  13. PJ Hoover Says:

    I vote for Beth's question!

  14. Shannon Says:

    1st question — very interested in that answer. Thanks!

  15. Kate Says:

    Ok, I awarded Jen the book, but if I have time, I will definitely be asking editors Beth's questions as well!

  16. Isold Sklavin Says:

    I vote for Beth's question!

  17. lotusloquax Says:

    I vote for the first question.