All posts tagged: editors

Musings & Meanderings: taking Rilke’s advice to ‘ruthlessly compress,’ what to do when Mercury is in retrograde; plus how visual art isn’t all that different from written art, motherhood, acceptance, and what books I recently read and loved

By Leslie Lindsay A curated newsletter on the literary life, featuring ‘4 questions,’ reading & listening recommendations, where to submit, more Leslie Lindsay|Always with a Book ~MUSINGS & MEANDERINGS~ Hello, Friends! Here’s the thing: Mercury is in stupid retrograde again. I know how it sounds: hoodoo voodoo and and magical weirdness. But there’s something to it! As a writer, who is no doubt a ‘communicator’ in every sense (I am the family connector/communicator/organizer), I try to get everyone on ‘the same page,’ I like coordinating and organizing things…to say this can be a trying time is an understatement. What does it mean when… ‘Mercury is in retrograde?’ It started September 9 and will go through October 2. Mercury is the planet of communication. When it’s in retrograde (appearing to go backward), appliances tend to run haywire, scheduled things run late, miscommunications run rampant. You might have ‘good’ problems, but mistakes will happen. Things might be more exaggerated than ever, but there might also be goodwill. Learn more about Mercury retrograde in this Bustle article. For …

Write On, Wednesday: Preparing for an Agent

By Leslie Lindsay About a week ago, I received an email from an acquaintance.  This Writerly person was picking my brain about literary agents.  Now, don’t get me wrong–I am no expert on agents.  Quite the contrary.  I am an agent virgin.  Sure, I’ve published a book, but I did that directly through the publisher via an old-fashioned query letter and then proposal package (it’s a non-fiction book, and that’s how these things are handled in the professional writing world).  Ahhh…yes…but what if that book is fiction?  Do the rules somehow change?  You bet they do.  (nothing is ever easy, is it?).  My response went something of the way of you need an agent.  you need an agent. you need an agent. you need an agent.  But, the person asked, “Don’t I need an editor?”  Well, yes.  And that, my friend is you.    (libraryofpoetry.com) Wait.  Back the writing train up.  “The editor is me?  Little ol me?”  Yes.  “To write is human, to edit is devine.”  That would be the great Stephen King.  And there’s a lot …