Thursday, November 10, 2005

AC Crispin - 14 A Spiffed Up Site!

Hey, Victoria, welcome! You really spiffed up the site, it looks very nice.

Okay, we've discussed writing the synopsis. Anything else in the writing area we can help y'all with?

Anyone need to check out any agents or publishers before sending a manuscript off?

You all DO know to check out an agent or a publisher's reputation BEFORE sending your manuscript or your query off, right?

One of the most frustrating things about running Writer Beware is getting inquires from writers who don't know enough to look before they leap. It's downright discouraging to get inquires that read something like this: "Dear Victoria and Ann: I just sent off $550.00 to an agent for a contract administration fee. Since it wasn't a reading fee I thought it would be okay. But then I began to wonder. Is Watchusscamu Literary Agency okay?"

(big sigh)

When we get inquiries like that at Writer Beware, there's just not much we can do to help the writer in question.

The time to check out an agent or a publisher, if you have any doubts, is BEFORE you send anything to them!

Okay, here's today's writing tip: MAKE SURE WHEN YOU'RE WRITING A QUERY LETTER OR A COVER LETTER THAT IT IS LETTER PERFECT! NO GRAMMATICAL MISTAKES, PUNCTUATION ERRORS, TYPOS, ETC. PERFECT!

-Ann C. Crispin
www.writerbeware.com

1 comment:

LJCohen said...

I'm enjoying your site very much. I regularly check into the writers beware and sfwa sites for updates on scams and info about the wacky world of publication. :)
Keep up the good work!

ljcohen
http://ljcbluemuse.blogspot.com