We made it to December 1st! How did you do on your NaNoWriMo novel, for those of you who were working on one? How many winners do we have? And what’s your plan for the coming months? I’d love to know. (So long as it isn’t “query kt literary moments after typing The End.”)
T.S. Ferguson, an editor at Little Brown Books for Young Readers, has a great post up on his blog about the correlation between finding an editor, and finding a boy/girlfriend. As an agent looking at a ton of queries (more on that soon — I’m trying to come up with some numbers for you!), there’s a lot I agree with.
Most agents, if you know them well enough (or get them drunk) can tell you about the “book that got away”: the manuscript in their to-read pile they didn’t read before another agent snapped it up, the project they passed on that was sold by a colleague for big bucks, the super-duper mega-bestseller they thought sounded like a retrend of everything they’d ever read before with nothing original about it. And then, in a different category of books that got away, there’s the one they maybe sold or worked on in a previous incarnation — as an editor, perhaps, before they hung out their own shingle, or the Times bestseller whose royalties are all going straight to their former agency after they set out on their own.