Questions for editors?

I’m heading to New York tonight to spend a week meeting with over 20 incredible editors. If you have any specific burning questions you’d like me to try and get the answers to, leave them in the comments section.

Viva the literary life!


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  2. Can you find out if they are really looking for middle grade books, specifically upper middle grade fantasy? I’ve heard that publishers are looking for middle grade but a blogger posted a comment after the NY SCBWI conference that the agents have heard this, but don’t really believe it anymore. Thanks.

    • They are looking for GREAT MG. They say it is hard to sell MG in this market… such a YA-centric market. So they need to really believe in a MG project because they feel that MG is so hard to sell right now.

      Fantasy is not huge right now. Especially if it is high fantasy, world-building, creature-creating. I didn’t meet with a whole lot of editors who want that. However, there is a place for every genre and I did speak with a few editors who love it. One thing to keep in mind is a lot of editors are looking for stand alone novels right now. So maybe a really great, fresh stand along MG fantasy…

  3. If I have the possibility of branching out with my brand into varying markets by use of different products such as t-shirts, Fine art-prints, a line of coffee, beer, bookmarks, calendars, etc.etc, Should this be done before landing a deal with a publishing house, our if the channels are open to me, should I continue laying this ground work before a deal is landed?

    My experience at different trade shows has shown that the more products I can offer on a wider spectrum, the greater my ability to increase monetary gains as well as over all knowledge of my brand’s marketability and visual impact. Varied products also attract a different market which helps open conversation and allows me to expand into diversified pockets of alternate countercultures outside of the target audience.

    Should I continue to pursue these avenues to broaden the scope of my project before a deal is landed? Or should I wait? I wasn’t sure if their would be any trademark or brand issues if I pursued this before hand.

    • If you want to brand your product, definitely start laying the ground work with your agent. This is a good thing to have totally outlined to take to a publisher. However, branding (with a publisher) is something that typically happens once there is enough attention surrounding your project. So unless you want to put your own money into it, it is best to wait for the marketing team at a publisher to back you on it.

      Other than that, all I can say is that branding on your own, before you get a deal, is a great way to start a grassroots following. It shows the agent and publisher that you have the knowledge and drive to really promote your product as well.

  4. Are paper-bound picture books a dying breed? In our SCBWI group, more and more people are writing picture books to be published as e-books or apps, but I can’t possibly imagine how parents will hold their kids on their laps, reading to them from an iPhone. What is the real trend with picture books? Where should picture book writers be directing their efforts?

    • Good question. The industry is in such flux. I’m feeling both excited and worried. Innovation and technology continue to change our landscape. But, like Bree said, there will always be a place for good stories. I’ll keep writing and refining!

    • I think picture books in general are having a hard time selling regardless of e-books. While editors are still interested in PBs, they have to really stand out in a market where a lot of writers are offering up PBs. PB lists for each publisher are getting smaller and smaller. But I saw this last year as well, I think it is just a general trend. Not so much to do with e-books.

      Writers should be directing their efforts at creating great content, and if that content becomes e-content, it will still sell if it is great. Just in a different format.

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