Today's Topic: If you were made supreme ruler of the publishing world, what would be your first ruling?
I don't have much for this one. I am not planning on being supreme ruler of the publishing world at any point in the future. Actually, I don't plan to be supreme ruler of ANYTHING, ever.
But, given a few seconds to think about it-- I have a few edicts to pass:
- For agents: No tweeting/blogging about queries in a way that the sender could recognize themselves. I realize many folks think this is okay, but it feels mean-spirited to me. Who among us hasn't been a n00bie at some point. Who hasn't made a bone-headed error and then cringed later when they realized it. I think some people in the publishing world forget what that is like, and use the countless newbies and their bone-headed mistakes as cruel comedy fodder.
- Companion legislation for writers: Writers MUST alter their work in a constructive way before sending, or re-sending it, and must be a part of a crit group or have beta-readers. IMHO, the mistakes of newbies are forgivable, IF the writer climbs the steep learning curve and does better. Doing the same dumb stuff over and over should merit penalization-- something like being prohibited from querying for 6 months.
- Move all publication to post-recycled content, or the re-writable books described by Braungart and McDonough. I'm sure it would be easy to convince publishers to reduce their profit margins in favor of the planet. ha ha ha.
Ummm. I guess I kind of like this. I came up with more than I thought I would.
Check out the YA Highway site to see what others have in mind for their time ruling the publishing world.
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Also, please note: I am a jerk.
I was kindly forwarded the Versatile blogger award weeks ago, and totally forgot to respond. It was given by Erica and Christy of you guessed it, Erica and Christy.
Because I can’t think of anything fresh to say, I’ll reference my list of seven things from when I was sent this award in June. Here is the link.