Posts Tagged ‘Oprah’

What are Agents, Editors, and Publishers Looking For?

The title of this post is borrowed from an informative article I read on the Muse It Up Publishing Blog. What DO Publishers and Editors and Agents want from a writer? If I could discover the secret to that mystery, I would be a rich person! The post on my publisher’s blog is informative and offers points for you, the writer, to look for when writing and then submitting. 

One point the author may have overlooked is luck. Yes, luck. Oprah defines luck as opportunity meeting preparation..something like that. When an email arrives saying a pub is looking for a certain kind of story, you may have the exact one they’ll want. You will be prepared to submit it because it’s been discussed with a critique partner, edited for grammar errors and spelling, and written in the format the publisher lays out in their guidelines. So that may be regarded as luck or as being in the right place at the right time.

I still believe in luck and a few prayers too….

Writing is the Foundation

WritingWatching Sandra Bullock talk about her new movie, The Blind Side, it dawned on me how important writing is.  Oprah interviewed her and praised Bullock’s acting in a scene that could have come off as “sappy and sentimental.”  Bullock simply accepted the praise, but she also said, “It was the writing.”

That was a light bulb moment for me.  Oh yes, I see writers given awards at the Academy Awards and Emmys, etc. but there isn’t much hoop-la when they reach the stage.  And yet, think about the result of this writer putting pen to paper (or sitting at the keyboard).  Without his/her creative talent of conjuring up the characters or researching the project, there would be no film, play, news, books, or entertainment.

Look at the web.  It is information driven.  Without writers, there would be no websites.  No how-to articles, news stories, or even retailers with advertising copy.

But the idea of no writers is especially brought home when I think of all the children’s books available. Holding your child or grandchild in your lap, snuggled close to you, and reading aloud the pages of a colorful picture book brings giggles and wonder to this child.  These are very special moments together.

Be proud to be a writer.  You give the world a gift with your talent.  Keep on writing!