Acquisitions is a bitch. Just ask Rubie. Ask Miss Stewart....her associate acq. editor. Ask the interns who read submissions with the editors. Ask the rest of the team who joyously waits for the next office favorite.
Acquisitions may be the bet department to be in, but it also means so many other things too. Rubie and her acquisitions teams must be thoroughly educated in contract law, permissions, copyright law, and hunting down brilliant titles. If you though that an acquisitions author just sits at her desk waiting for submissions, well you've gone nuts.
As the current acquisitions intern, I have seen Rubie pack her things and tell us that she is going to stalk the coffee shops down the street for the people writing in notebooks. That broad will do anything for a good title.
But don't get in her way. Don't make her angry. She is our cutthroat editor and she will hack you from the team if you do not cooperate. If you think that your work requires no editing. She will sleep well that night knowing that she was right. So, you may be wondering how to get on the good side of an acquisitions editor...email her when she is filling up her editorial calendars.
In the next three months, Rubie will be acquiring 48 titles, given that we receive 48 fantastic pieces. Did you hear that? FORTY-EIGHT. What is she looking for? How will she pluck you up from the 200+ emails that she receives monthly? Your query letter. Don't even think that she will read your work if you cannot craft a solid 2-4 sentence blurb about your book.
She wants poetry. She really, really, really wants essay collections. She would kill for a few memoirs...as long as they aren't "memoiry". Realistic fiction. She wants to feel pain, the emotional, can't take it back sort of pain.
Submitting early does not guarantee that, should she love you, your work will be published early. She has a weird way of placing writers. They work serendipitously...yes, I said that. If we get enough work that rocks, then she will begin to fill the next year's calendar. She said that she is on a mission. Or she'll lose her mind and close down submissions for a year....like last year.
So, you should submit. You should only submit if you are ready. You should only submit if you are ready to have your work edited, suggested against/for, and to work as a member of our team to make your work great.
May the best dogs win.
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