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What Do Publishers Want from Query Letters and Proposals?
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With Jennifer Silva Redmond, Editor-in-Chief of Sunbelt Publications


One of the most common questions writers ask is how to query agents and publishers. Here's one editor's take.

Jennifer Silva Redmond is Editor-in-Chief of Sunbelt Publications, an award-winning small press that celebrates the natural and cultural history of the Californias. She has written for publications as diverse as Science of Mind, Cruising World, and Dog Fancy; one of her stories is featured in Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature (Bilingual Review Press, March 2008). Co-founding editor of Sea of Cortez Review (1998-2001), Ms. Silva Redmond joined Sunbelt in 2000; she enjoys speaking to writers’ groups and guiding both well-known and first-time authors through the acquisition, editing, and production of their books.

Please join Jennifer Silva Redmond and Paula B. as they reveal what editors are really thinking, including:

  • How to select a publisher to query
  • What the difference between a query letter and a proposal is
  • How to write a great query (and what not to do)
  • How to talk yourself up without being obnoxious
  • Why you should adhere to publishers' guidelines (and what happens when you don't)
  • How long is reasonable to wait for an answer.

Interviewee: Jennifer Silva Redmond
Host: Paula B.
Date: November 9, 2008
Running time: 01:06:12
File size: 32 megabytes
Rating: G
The Sunbelt Publications Web site: Sunbelt Books