Saturday, January 29, 2011
Jen Besser: What Makes Your Work Publishable
The floor is open for Q & A during this session. I'll attempt to share some of the good nuggets Jen Besser gives.
-Putnum publishes picture books to young adult. A mix of literary and commercial work.
-Rhyming vs. non-rhyming: A great deal of manuscripts are submitted with bad verse, which is a pet peeve.
-What do you see too much of coming across your desk? Too much writing to the trend. It's been angels (following vampires). Now many twisted fairy tales. Chasing trends is a very dangerous thing.
-You can't underestimate the importance of humor in middle grade.
-Blogs are useful for the unpublished writers because agents are often looking at them.
-Putnam has a teen advisor panel. Nice!