Cheryl Klein from Arthur A. Levine Books (yes, that Arthur Levine, the imprint of Scholastic that publishes HP) has just set up a web page with a couple of absolutely smashing outlines for talks she's given on what editors like herself look for in a manuscript, and what aspiring authors can do to improve their chances of selling a novel.

She does all this via an extended metaphor about falling in love, used in both outlines, which makes the information she's trying to convey not only entertaining, but memorable. I would have loved to hear her give these talks in person, but having them on the web is surely the next best thing...

  • Finding a Publisher and Falling in Love: A Convivial Comparison
  • The Rules of Engagement

    Go forth and enjoy.
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