Hip hip hooray for Chuck Sambuchino!
For those of you who recognize his name, Sambuchino is the editor of Guide to Literary Agents and maintains the blog of the same name. Sambuchino is also an author. His How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself when the Lawn Warriors Strike (And They Will) debuts this September.
I for one am glad to know who is taking the place of Alice Pope, one of my all time favorite editors. Check out her interview with Sambuchino.
Alice Pope may have stepped down from her position as the editor of The Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market but you can still find her on-line. She is now blogging on children’s markets for SCBWI. Check it out
She has already interviewed editor Brian Farrey of Flux as well as debut author Amy Ignatow. This will definitely prove to be a blog to read on a regular basis.
Before I submit my articles to Alice Pope at CWIM (Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market), I always ask the people I interviewed to review their quotes. I want to make sure I’ve spelled things correctly, gotten names right and kept everything vital in context. And it is a really good thing, too.
“The name of my book is The Garden Angel,” Jan Czech wrote back. I know, so I wondered why she felt the need to tell me that. I searched the article for her name and discovered that, in a fit of helpfulness, when I mistyped “garden,” the computer corrected it as “guardian.”
This isn’t the first time this has happened. In my personal favorite, “flowers” became “followers.” That’s a pretty important change when you are typing that Neanderthal may have had religion since scientists have found flowers in the graves of buried Neanderthal. Flowers in a grave. Followers in a grave. That’s a pretty hefty difference. One’s a whole lot nicer than the other.
And that, children, is why you should let your work sit and cool before you send it off to an editor. Let it sit and then read it again. Maybe you will catch an amusing little error created by your happy fingers or your helpful word processor. You can only hope!
Just a quick heads up to let you know that I’ve got two articles, “Storyboarding” and “Reaching Reluctant Readers,” in the upcoming 2010 issue of Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market. It will be available in August.
I always love to see the variety of articles that writers come up with and I’m really looking forward to some of the other offerings. Nonfiction writer Kelly Milner Hall has articles on the changing nature of children’s publishing and social networking on-line. SCBWI RA Tracy Barrett has a piece on writing a series for a packager. Editor Cheryl Klein has a piece on revision.
I can harldy wait to get my copy and tie into some of these.