Week Two

  Emily asked me to review one of her drafts for a pitch this week. She is currently pitching a middle grade novel by Lauren Allbright. Called “How to Be Funny”, the novel is about a boy researching exactly that, how to be funny, and includes graphs and drawings. 

 I noticed a basic structure of the short pitch letter Emily will send out to publishers, hoping for a book deal. The pitch includes a paragraph long synopsis, a word count, a description of the age range/ target market, and similar authors to the manuscript’s style. It also includes a brief biography of the author. That’s it. The letter would fit on one page but is still designed to be attention grabbing. The pitch letter will be attached to an email along with a manuscript. 

I’m excited for Emily to send this out to childrens’ publishers like HarperCollins Children and Scholastic. Once an editor at a publishing house makes an offer, there will be a contract negotiation involving things like royalties and an advance. I hope that Ms. Allbright is offered a deal so I get to experience contract negotiation during my internship. 

Until next time! 


Week 1, Round 2

I’m so lucky that Fuse extended my internship, and I’m grateful to be working with them again. It worked out perfectly, as having the summer experience that extends into the fall allows me to count this for fall coursework, which is great as my scholarship only covers semesters. I have been working with Emily at Fuse Literary throughout the summer, mainly in going through the query inbox reading submissions. Now Emily has moved into the edits and submission phases with some of those original queries. 

  In moving to the submission phase, I will get to experience a side of the publishing industry that I didn’t this summer. Emily now has 4 clients that she will (and I will) be working through edits with as we prepare manuscripts for submission to publishers. This week Emily gave me a packet that has a typical pitch letter to publishers, which details why she loved the manuscript, a brief synopsis, and why she thinks it’s publishable. Emily also sent me an example contract that one of her clients might sign soon, at least we hope.

Of course, I will still be reading through the  query box and submitting to Emily a synopsis and my recommendations, but I’m excited to move to this different aspect of publishing.