Friday, September 01, 2006

Pass The TP And Will You Publish My Book?

I'll always be embarrassed about the time I approached a children's book editor in a ladies' room to ask if she'd heard anything in-house about a manuscript I'd sent to one of her colleagues. I knew I was crossing a line but desperation made the words come hurtling out of my mouth. Publisher's Weekly recently interviewed editors about the strangest place they've been pitched a book -- it's a cautionary tale for writer wannabes that's definitely worth a read. (Thankfully, they didn't include Cheryl Klein of Scholastic in their list of editors ...) Source: Ken Sheldon, a member of the NESCBWI listserv.

2 comments:

Jen Robinson said...

Well, if your inquiry helped to get Monsoon Summer published, then I'm in favor. I loved it! I just posted a review on my blog.

Mitali Perkins said...

Thanks, Jen. It wasn't Monsoon Summer, but there aren't too many editors around who didn't turn down that book. Rejection letters: what doesn't kill you makes you strong.