After I attend conferences I like to bring back some of the fabulous droplets of wisdom I glean from the speakers to share with you guys. Here are a few of the ones I picked up last weekend!
"Changing one word can change an entire sentence." Editor Marilyn Bingham (Marshall Cavendish)
"The voice in your query should reflect the voice in your manuscript--it should not be cold or mechanical." Rosemary Stimola, Agent with Stimola Literary Studio
"Passion makes you want to write the story. Perseverance MAKES you write the story." Laura Bowers, Author of Beauty Shop for Rent:...fully equiped, require within
"Look for the seeds that are planted within your own life stories." Kathi Appelt, Author of The Underneath
"Cliches are the pet peeves for all editors--find a new way to send things." Editor Marilyn BIngham
"Do not use humor through self-deprecation. And don't leave an editor wondering who the audience is." Heather Alexander, Assistant Editor with Dial Books for Young Readers, (regarding submissions to publishing houses)
Laura Bowers: Layer richness through editing: pick a favorite setting and employ all the senses for that setting. For example, a campground"
Sight: campers, tents, people
Scent: chlorine, fire
Feel: grass under feet
Hear: children's laughter, splashing
Taste: Marshmallows, hotdogs
"If you're writing in trend, or similar to something else, you need to be quick to point out what makes your story different (in your query)." Rosemary Stimola
"Too many adjectives leads to purple prose--and there's a fine line between descriptive prose and purple prose." Editor Marilyn Bingham
"Almost every single title changes. Don't get too attached to your title." Assistant Editor Heather Alexander
More on the conference tomorrow--coming up: THE FRAKKING AWESOME PEOPLE I HUNG OUT WITH!
QOTD: Have you ever been to a conference? If so, did you love it? If not, do you ever plan to?