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Top 3 Submission Errors and How Authors Can Fix ‘em
Posted By Tracey Devlyn On October 30, 2009 @ 3:01 am In Craft of Writing,Romance University | 15 Comments
Senior Editor Ann Leslie Tuttle with Harlequin Books joins us today to share what she believes are the top three submission errors writers make and how they can fix ‘em. Ann Leslie has graciously agreed to pop in throughout the day to answer questions.
The floor is yours, Ann Leslie!
From the moment you hit the “send” key, you’re on pins and needles wondering if the editor you targeted will like your project enough to make an offer. You’ll undoubtedly be assuaged with countless doubts as you wait for what feels like forever.
I’m hoping, however, that I can address some of the submission errors I’ve seen in the twelve years I’ve been at Harlequin so that you’ll not only feel more in control of the submission process but your project will also have a better chance of being bought. In addition to looking for original projects that are well written, have unique and compelling voice and are free of clichés, I’d rank the top 3 submission errors as follows:
As scary as it can be to hit the “send” button, you should know that editors are always looking for talented new writers. We are always eager to receive a well written, original submission by a writer with a unique voice. I wish you the best of luck with your submissions and look forward to addressing any questions you might have today.
Thank you, Ann Leslie!
RU Readers, do you have any burning questions about submissions Ann Leslie can help you with?
Ann Leslie Tuttle is a Senior Editor at Harlequin Books. Although she actively acquires for HQN Books, MIRA and Harlequin/Silhouette Books, she is especially interested in finding paranormal romance and commercial literary fiction. Ann Leslie joined Harlequin Books in 1997, having worked for Charles Scribner’s Sons and the University Press of Virginia. She earned her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and her M.A. at the University of Virginia. She has taught a course in Romance writing at Marymount Manhattan College.
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