Now here is an insight. We as editors and agents are often equally as frustrated when we receive submissions that are far from what we are looking for? We open the emails and just shake our heads? For me, I am often saying, "What part of romance and women's fiction are these people missing?"
But this is not something that takes a rocket scientist to solve. All authors need to do is ASK!
Here are some things to consider. It isn't going to take much effort either:
- During those editor and agent panels, ask questions that get to the heart of the issue. "Scott, what do you hate the most about submissions that come across your desk?" or "Scott, what was the last book you fell in love with and why did you like it?"
- Attend those spotlight sessions and ask questions beyond what you can find in FAQ handouts. Too often, writers attend sessions that they can learn the information from out of a book and skip the spotlight sessions.
- If you are unclear about a genre or what an editor or agent wants in a submission, send the person a quick question. Keep is short, simple and to the point.
- Writing chapters - quit complaining you don't know anything. Ask those editors and agents to talk with your group. Invite them to speak. Invite them to guest blog. Invite them to do a webinar with you. It doesn't take much and it isn't going to break your budget.