Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Ode to the Evil Editor:

So the next couple of days are sort of special. First off, one of them is Office Assistant Recognition Day, or whatever they're calling Secretary Day these days. This means I'll likely (though not definitely) get some chocolate-covered strawberries from one of my bosses.

Now, I'm not usually a chocoholic. In fact, I rarely care for more than a taste even if I'm craving it. It's just too much. So, the fact that I adore chocolate-covered strawberries beyond all reason is noteworthy.

But these days are special for another reason. See, two years ago, a real life editor in the book publishing industry decided to try a little experiment.

What would happen if he asked for aspiring writers to send him their current query letters for him to dissect? For advice on how to make them better? Would it help? Would it just be stomach-crampingly funny?

And what about the first 250 words of the story? What if he posted the first paragraph or so and let readers...well...continue it? However they wished? Funny or serious?

To his surprise, it caught on like syrup on pancakes, and two years later, the Evil Editor -- purveyor of such gems as Why You Don't Get Published and Novel Deviations 1, 2, and 3 -- is still up and running. Encouraging by dissing. Enlightening by tormenting. Amusing by...well, by being amusing.

Always challenging us to do better, to write more, to use our brains.

So, for the next two days -- April 23 and 24 -- we Minions, as we like to call ourselves, are throwing Evil Editor a party. If you want to get your publishing world craziness on, come join us here. We'll have drinks, games, general mayhem, and probably a few off-color jokes. A few laughs at EE's expense. A lot of laughs at our own.

Then, everything will go back to normal and everyone will forget that I somehow acquired the nickname, Queen of Explosions.

Oi.

4 Comments:

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Robin S. said...

Queen of Explosions, come back and play!

 
At 2:46 PM, Blogger pjd said...

I don't remember the Queen of Explosions... elucidate?

 
At 9:30 PM, Blogger GutterBall said...

Heh, I don't remember when I actually got the nickname, but it's because I frequently talked about making a plot better by blowing stuff up. That works for both books and movies, by the way.

Heh.

 
At 3:35 AM, Blogger McKoala said...

Gutterly excellent.

 

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