Mark Terry

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Why Editors & Agents Take You On

December 3, 2006
Lee Goldberg has a blog about the synergy between books and movies and tie-ins, which is all very interesting, but of interest to me was a particular line, which I responded to with this post:

What I find most interesting here is this:

"...the business still remains driven by agents, writers, and studio execs who have to read the material and get excited by it."

For every aspiring novelist and scriptwriter who says, "Why isn't my work being picked up?" the answer is right there.

Of course, the other answer is: your writing sucks.

But after you acquire a certain degree of craft, then the answer is above.

* * *

And I really do think, after a certain level of technical ability is hit, the issue really comes down to: does it excite them? Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. And the best you can do is the best you can do.

Mark Terry


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