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 on: November 05, 2014, 09:39:00 AM 
Started by judyr - Last post by jfields
There is a small disadvantage, yes, because the companies want to be certain to choose people who can complete the project and past experience helps convince them of that. BUT, some of the folks who have gone to my HIGHLIGHTS workshop have gone on to get published even though they didn't have a bunch of things on their resumes. It's persistence and clear communication that wins the day in this area.

 on: November 05, 2014, 08:16:19 AM 
Started by judyr - Last post by judyr
Thanks, Jan. I always feel at a disadvantage when I don't have experience OR education to mention.

 on: November 04, 2014, 02:24:32 PM 
Started by judyr - Last post by jfields
Your cover letter should bring to the front anything about the extra material (sample/resume) that you feel would be particularly relevant. You'd say it as "As you can see by my resume, I'm particularly fond of writing mysteries and I see that's a specialty of your company. I particularly liked [name of book they've produced that you actually read] with its [specific detail to prove you actually read it.]" If there isn't anything specific you want to highlight, then I use the cover letter to show my research into them: "I love the clever way you've set up your packaging niche" and again mention on of their books if it's possible. I then talk about what types of writing I especially want to do "my areas of interest are natural science nonfiction, and action-adventure fiction. I also enjoy writing mysteries and science fiction."

 on: November 04, 2014, 01:11:05 PM 
Started by judyr - Last post by judyr
If you are allowed to send a sample (I only pitch to the ones who ask for samples) what should your cover letter look like?

 on: November 04, 2014, 12:39:41 PM 
Started by judyr - Last post by jfields
If you're not allowed to send a sample, then really...they're not looking for people who don't have some solid credits on their resume. Folks who are looking for new (which to publishers means inexpensive) writers will ask for samples. It's in the sample that you make or don't make the sale. That's where you SHOW that you can write to their style. It's not really something you can convince an editor of without demonstration.

The purpose of the resume in educational publishers is to show your range of experience in writing, life activities, and education. You can actually make the sale based on any of these. If, for example, you're a breeder of hamsters, you're going to be offered a book related to animals more quickly than someone who doesn't have that on their resume because you have the life experience to make it easier for you to translate the materials in a very practical way. If I don't have any animal experience, I have to either wow them with my experience as an educator (which I don't have) or my experience writing nonfiction (which I do have.). So there are three points of possible connection in the resume to the educational publisher.

For a packager -- if they allow samples, they care only minimally about your resume. A resume shows (basically) how likely you are to write cheap. And maybe how likely you are to write fast. If they don't allow samples, there is a decent chance you won't be invited to try out unless you have some fiction credits (which can be short stories for magazines) on your resume.

 on: November 04, 2014, 12:00:45 PM 
Started by judyr - Last post by judyr
When pitching to packagers and educational publishers, you have to talk up yourself instead of your writing. What's the best way to explain that while you don't have experience, you can write similar to their style? How do you write a resume when you don't have anything to put on it?

 on: November 04, 2014, 11:55:45 AM 
Started by KatieC - Last post by judyr
This would be a good strategy for a twitter pitch too.

 on: November 03, 2014, 05:06:37 PM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by Basil
Hmm. I dunno, Phred; I think Basil's memoirs would be a whole lot more exciting than that makes them sound...

(No Antarctica, eh?)

Antarctica?  Hmmm, there are possibilities there.  The Macallan on ice, how nice!

Phred, this is awfully cheeky of you. Don't expect me to share any of the Macallan with you, you shan't be getting any today.

 on: November 03, 2014, 04:41:59 PM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by ColoradoKate
Hmm. I dunno, Phred; I think Basil's memoirs would be a whole lot more exciting than that makes them sound...

(No Antarctica, eh?)

 on: November 03, 2014, 04:07:13 PM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by Phred
This is quite interesting.  I put in Basil's information and this is what it gave me:

Basil - Missing the Macallan is a 55,000-word suspense novel set in six of the seven continents. Basil, whose last name is not to be mentioned, is a special operative of Her Majesty who believes in drinking large quantities of the Macallan. He wants The Macallan 18 year old because he really enjoys scotch. He is prevented from attaining this goal because he is often sent to various, single malt deprived, third world hot spots with little or no notice.

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