With NaNoWriMo and PiBoIdMo lurking around the corner, you don’t have time to read long, inspirational essays, right? Right. So I thought it’d be fun to dig through past Coffee & Conversation interviews with agents and editors who offered their best advise in four words only.
(Well, some needed more, but I like rule-breakers. :))
Enjoy! And if you’re participating in Nano or PiBo, let us know in the comments so we can cheer you on!
From Laura Whitaker, Associate Editor for Bloomsbury Children’s Books
- Create from the heart!
Jessica Garrison, editor at Dial Books for Young Readers
- Read and be open-minded. (“Open-minded” is hyphenated, so it counts as one word.)
Sarah Dotts Barley, associate editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books
- Read. And keep on!
Marie Lamba, Associate Literary Agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
- Dream huge–never stop!
Stacey Barney, editor at Penguin/Putnam Books for Young Readers
- Read. Read. Read. Read.
Quinlan Lee, agent at Adams Literary
- Read like a writer.
Sylvie Frank, associate editor at Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
- Revise, cut, cut, cut
Jenne Abramowitz, Senior Editor at Scholastic
- Write/Draw from the heart.
Jill Santopolo, Executive Editor at Philomel Books, an imprint of PenguinGroupUSA
- Follow your heart–always.
Rachel Orr, an agent at Prospect Agency
- Read the books you want to write! (Sorry…I couldn’t say it in four. Can someone find me an editor around here? )
Happy writing and drawing and good luck to everyone participating in NaNoWriMo or PiBoIdMo!