|Alison Weiss of Sky Pony Press|
A fun fact about Alison: She comes from Sleepy Hollow (for real!).
Voice is essential to projects she takes on, but it's easier to sell a book if it has a killer plot.
What would be your dream submission?
She's looking for books that change her perspective on the world. It can be big or it can be small and subtle. This is the kind of book that has a long-lasting impact of readers.
What she admires:
The best writing is effortless. It looks like it's so simple, and you can't see all of the hard work that's behind it all. She wants to be sucked into a world and feel lost in it.
What tips the balance on submissions:
Editors get a lot of submissions. When she sees a problem and knows how she would fix it, that's more likely to be a project she'll take to acquisitions. If she loves it and sees problems that baffle her, it's less likely to go through.
The relationship between writers and editors is vital, and writers shouldn't fear talking to their editor to work through manuscript challenges.
The book she wishes she'd published:
Ruta Sepetys's Out of the Easy.
Follow her on twitter at @alioop7.