No – this post is not about cooking. (Although I may do a couple of those along the way. You never know.)
Remember those “what if” games you played when you were kids? You know, the ones where your friend asked: “If you were any animal, what would you be?” And you said: “A wombat – of course!” (Or a blue-footed booby. Or meerkat. Or whatever animal had caught your fancy.)
So – I’d like to do a series of “agent tweets” posts beginning in January, about once a week or so. My problem? These are all such great statements and insights from those who scrutinize our queries, and then our manuscripts, that the statements have a very wide, yet nearly circular pattern to how they’re connected.
In short: I’m not sure where to start. Which topic? At which end of the elephant? (Or wombat?)
This is where I need your help. Below I have listed the various categories into which I’ve divided the tweets. I would like to know what YOU would consider (a) worth your time clicking back over to read and (b) which topic you’d like to see first.
Please take a look at the list below, and tell me which ones really stand out to you. And if you think any of these are pointless, even intuitively obvious – please tell me! I don’t want to spend my time on some topic you’ve heard discussed ad nauseum.
At the same time, I think some of these topics will never (or ought to never) grow old….
Categories of agent/editor tweets I’ve compiled:
Time It Right
Hard (Yet Encouraging) Truths
In Season/Out of Season
Mind Your Attitude!
Ready? No, really….are you??
General Requests and Advice
Writing Do’s and Don’ts
Queries: TMI or NMI (Too Much Information or Need More Information)
Query Uh-Ohs: Logistics
Query Uh-Ohs: Content
Query Uh-Ohs: Format
Using Social Networks
This Screams “Bad Writing”
Know Your Limits
NOTE: I have no intention of pointing out which agent or editor made which comment, for several reasons. Besides, what I’ve gleaned is only a cross-section of tweets, but they are all regularly recurring themes that I’m seeing on Twitter over….and over….and over.
I figure we who intend to submit our work ought to sit up and pay attention.