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Lost in Translation?

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STATUS: Received news today that an editor is leaving and dang it all, my author is going to get orphaned. This is especially heartbreaking because this editor is tops and was a perfect fit for the project.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? IF by Dean Martin

This week I’ve been inundated by queries for the Christian market and I’m at a loss as to explain why since I don’t rep projects for that arena. My agency name must have appeared on a list somewhere recently otherwise that’s just too strange to be coincidental.

Now Avon just announced their new Avon Inspire line so I have to wonder if that has anything to do with it. The queries received were for genres we handle such as women’s fiction, romance, and mainstream but all with a Christian bent. That’s material for the Christian market and folks, I don’t track those sales or keep in touch with any of those editors. I’d definitely be the wrong person for these types of projects.

In other news, I just had to shake my head at a voicemail that was left for me last week. A person who had seen me speak this summer was calling to tell me that he had finished his project and needed me to tell him what to do next.

Well, the talk he saw me give answered that exact question.

Lost in translation?

13 Responses

  1. Wonderwood said:

    Poor guy, he’s just a misguided soul looking for direction. As writers we need to delve deeply into his character and ask ourselves, “What makes him do this?” Perhaps the wind blew away his copious notes from the conference? Or maybe he has a bladder control problem and went to the lavatory when the subject of “What to do next” was covered. Imagine his frustration. He’s reaching out for help, he’s drowning in a sea of confusion. Feel his pain.

  2. pennyoz said:

    Editors unfortunately move through publishing houses faster than the speed limit on a German freeway (which don’t have speed limits) LOL.

    Kristin’s poor guy was simply on the beginning of the J curve. It’s probably permanently imprinted on his little red backside on his way out the proverbial tradesman’s entrance.


  3. Yasamin said:

    maybe you need to start cursing and drinking more. May i recommend wearing unsavory outfits to your next speaking gig? lol

    sorry just had to giggle at that.

    on the other hand… maybe he was just needy.

  4. Lisa Hunter said:

    RE: orphaned writers. Losing an editor may not be so bad. I’ve had THREE in the past year.

    My original editor changed jobs soon after I turned in my revised manuscript. Luckily, I got a wonderful second editor, who shepherded the book through production (and pushed the art department to give me a FABULOUS cover), but then she also left for a higher-level job.

    I’m now on my THIRD editor for the launch stage of the book, and guess what? She’s great too! I consider myself lucky to have had three smart, talented people tending to my book over the past year.

  5. leann said:

    If the main character of an otherwise Women’s Fiction piece is Christian, but it’s not a huge part of the story, is that still considered part of the Christian market? I ask because although there are Christian aspects to my story (ie having conversations with God, or meeting a guy who is also Christian)…there are many, many parts of the story that would be too much for the traditional Christian market, in my opinion (ie drinking scenes). Does a niche exists somewhere in between the Women’s Fiction and the Christian market?

  6. Tawna Fenske said:

    On the subject of being orphaned by an editor, been there, done that, bought the T-shirt, and am still wearing it. Big hugs to your author, and to you for having to deal with this.

    Maybe the “lost in translation” gentleman heard you, but just thought the rules applied to everyone else? We all make dumb mistakes along the way, but it’s tough to make excuses for them when the expectations are spelled out so clearly.