Some of these are also pertinent for any author. We all want to describe our books and we all (in this day and age) need to do it quickly. Be precise and be persistent.
New York Times T Magazine
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On Twitter today, New York Times Magazine culture editorAdam Sternbergh offered advice for freelance writers–an invaluable peek inside the mind of an editor.
To help all the freelance writers in the audience, we’ve collected his advice into a handy Storify post below…
If you want to see all the responses generated by his posts, you can check out the #BetterFreelancer hashtag on Twitter. For all the editors in the audience, Sternbergh also started a#BetterEditor hashtag. (Via The Awl)
1. Too-long pitches. One graf max. Short pitch does not = reductive. Remember: I eventually have to sum up story in a dek. #betterfreelancer
2. Pitch a story, not an idea. Story has characters, timeline, conflict. Like a movie! (This does not apply to Riff.) #betterfreelancer
3. This is totally personal to me, but: I don't mind reminder emails. If you haven't heard, check in. Once/wk sounds right #betterfreelancer
4. If I send back draft for few small fixes, pls don't send back rewrite top to bottom. Means I have to do whole new edit. #betterfreelancer