Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Random Thoughts on What Editors Are Looking For

STATUS: Had a fabulous day because I accepted a pre-empt for a project that went out on submission last Monday. Watch deal lunch for an announcement.

What song is playing on the iPod right now? I’m too tired to think let alone listen to TV (or anything else for that matter). My head is longing for the pillow but alas, must blog.

Had lunch with Rose Hilliard from St. Martin’s yesterday. It was kind of fun to hear that editors are still open to chick lit—albeit for more mature topics and characters. Shopping and man or job searching ain’t going to cut it.

Not like that’s really a newsflash but it’s nice to know that if the voice is right and the story original enough, editors are open.

Also, what fun to hear a romance editor talking about wanting to see historical romance again. Let me tell you. It’s been a while since an editor has asked, “what do you have going on for historicals?”

Could it be a turning trend? Too soon to tell.

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Chatted with the publisher of Dutton Children’s—Stephanie Lurie Owens—and I think we might have coined a new YA phrase for what Dutton is looking for:

The 80s John Cusack Syndrome

I just have to smile. You know how an 80s John Cusack film just has a certain heart-warming level of honesty, sentiment, and reality? There is such an emotional connectivity to his character despite foibles and mistakes. Well, that’s what they like for their list.

Gossip Girls—not for them. Too mean.

Not that edgy won’t work it just needs that certain level of compassion.

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And I got a chance to meet a new editor (to me anyway). Lovely, lovely person by the name of Ali Bothwell Mancini at Viking/Plume.

Not that it’s any big surprise but historicals are hot and editors are actively looking for original voices—both for big women’s fiction historicals but also for what I call “straight” historicals (especially if they have some sort of intrigue or mystery bent).

Think a more commercial Umberto Eco.

Must sleep now….