I’m about to read a manuscript from a client, and I have my fingers crossed. This is a revision of a manuscript Lisa and I, as Mentors for Rent, have critiqued before. The writer is talented, and she’s a super nice person. So as I prepare to open the manuscript, I’m thinking to myself, “Please, let it be good!” It struck me that this is what building relationships with editors is about, too. When you get to meet editors and build relationships with them, if you are a good writer and a nice person, they are rooting for you. When they see your name in the Sender field or on a return address label, they are hoping your work is good–that it’s a perfect fit for them. Will they acquire a manuscript that’s NOT just right for them, just because they know you’re a good writer and a nice person? Nope. But they will go into your manuscript with a feeling of anticipation instead of a “let’s get this over with quickly” frame of mind. So, whether you’re pre-published or already many books out, don’t neglect the relationship building aspect of your career. At conferences or industry events or on social media, get to know editors. Build the relationships–it takes time and effort, but it’s worth it. [I’m reminding myself this, too, not just lecturing you!] Do you have relationships with editors? What’s one specific way one of them started? Maybe your Comment will help someone else get started.
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