1) Does it matter if a writer has a literary agent?
2) What is the best way for a new writer to obtain a literary agent?
3) What are you looking for in a poetry book submission and more importantly what do you hate seeing in one’s submission?
4) How important is the cover letter or “query letter” over the actual book itself, if the content of the book is exceptional but the cover letter falls short would that make or break a potential book deal?
5) I noticed you have attached a social media link and number of followers for the book submission form, how important is someone’s online social media presence?
6) How has the publishing industry changed in the last 5 years, since the “death of print” how would one become a writer in today’s day and age?
7) Andrews McMeel publishing company is known for poetry with Lang Leav, Rupi Kaur, Michael Faudet, R.H. Sin, what do you love most about poetry and what makes someone a good poet?
8) Sometimes publishers are known for being conservative, do you believe it is better for writers to “play it safe” or do you feel there has been a possible shift in the publishing industry and it could be better to be more controversial and “out of the box”?
I think a poet should write what’s in their heart and not create their work to be controversial or “out of the box”. Publishers respond to good writing and in the end, support work that is distinctive and written honestly.
9) How important is someone’s “resume” (ie their education, writing experience, blogging, etc)?
Life experience that provides context for a reader to know or understand a poet, is most important.
10) If you had to break it down in 5 easy steps what would be the “process” of getting your book published?
11) Aforementioned Andrews McMeel obtains many popular poetry authors, how do you know if an author has a best-selling factor?
12) When you are looking into a potential writer’s social media platforms, is there something you are specifically looking for or more importantly something you would be disappointed in seeing that could possibly jeopardize their chances?
13) What is the most tired/overdone subject that you are annoyed reading about?
14) What are the most common mistakes you see in writer’s submissions?
15) What are you looking for in a new writer?
16) Is it more important for a writer to be relatable or different?
It is more important for the writer to be relatable and true to themselves.
17) What makes a book submission stand out?
18) How would one network in the publishing industry?
Attend writer’s conferences, network with other writers, agents and editors who often attend, even virtually.