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inkpop Fundamentals: September 28, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on September 28, 2010

A literary agent rejected my book…why? Rejection is a part of the writing process, as all budding authors know; the one thing that forever leaves a question in our minds, however, is the why as to the reason our written works, the things that we have spent hours poring over to ensure perfection, were not selected for publication and/or representation. Literary agent Rachelle Gardner has some insight into the subject. As an agent at WordServe Literary, and a professional in the field for over thirteen years; she has broken down the reasons as to why literary agents rarely explain their reasoning behind the rejection of the manuscript – now she’s sharing them with you! GalleyCat.

You know you love me… Due to the fact that a large percentage of our lives takes place Online via social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and inkpop; it should come as no surprise that we want to represent ourselves, and allow our unique, vibrant personalities shine through in the most stellar of ways – thus the reason graceful promotion is a necessity. Now Brenna Ehrlich and Andrea Bartz, the brains behind the book Stuff Hipsters Hate: A Field Guide to the Passionate Opinions of the Indifferent, spawned by their humor blog of the same title, are providing you the tools you need for eloquent Online behavior via How to Gracefully Promote Yourself Online. CNN.

Matchmaking…literary style! Line of work, educational background, goals in life…forget all of the above; people are now looking to find love literary style! After relationships gone awry, Matt Mesina came to the conclusion that the perfect girl for him was one who had read The Black Swan; so, alongside Matt Sherman, the two created Alikewise – a site which matches people up based upon their taste in books. MediaBistro.

Over to you…do you feel that a reason for rejection should be provided to the writer when submitting a manuscript – why or why not? On a scale of 1 to 10 how important do you think etiquette is in Online mediums? What do you think of a matchmaking site that uses literary preference as criteria for bringing two people together – yay or nay? Do you judge and/or choose your friends based upon their choice in reading material – why or why not?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

One Response to “inkpop Fundamentals: September 28, 2010”

  1. Narnia Fan said

    I think it’s probably helful (if painful) to hear why you’ve been rejected.

    On a scale of 1 to 10, I think courtesy online is a 10. I figure if you get used to crasser, ruder habits online, they’ll be reflected in real life. That’s just my opinion, though.

    I think that matchmaking websites in general are sort of stupid, but I’ll admit, one based on reading preferences sounds sort of fun/funny. 🙂 Still, I would never choose a friend based on what books they like or don’t like. If we have similar interests, it’ll probably strengthen the friendship… but it shouldn’t be a catalyst.

    Thanks for the fun blog! 😉

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