I sometimes get the impression that beginning writers think of agents and editors the same way I used to imagine the SAT folk, as twisted little goblins giggling in glee at the thought of tripping us up on our answers. I can promise that agents and editors are not huddled up waiting to pounce in the first mistake you make in your submissions. In fact, what keeps us reading submissions is the hope that we have every single time we dive in that we’ll find our next bestselling or award-winning author among the offerings. We read hoping to love.
That said, I’m sure you’ve heard time and time again about how many submissions publishing professionals receive. (Since we’re nearing the season, let me ask—do you remember the ending of The Miracle on 24th Street where the postal workers bring in all the mail from the dead letter office addressed [...]
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