What Editors Want

Andrew Lownie, Literary Agency, asked 34 editors from across the publishing world to give an idea of the kind of writing they are looking for in 2011.

From fiction to non-fiction, from Bloomsbury to Icon Books, Yale University Press to OneWorld Publications, they all speak in wide-sweeping, general terms about what they’d like to publish. However, several key terms recur:

  • clarity of expression
  • strong story-telling
  • good writing
  • unique voice
  • engaging
  • new/original

The responses “give a fascinating insight into the commissioning mind” and are essential reading for writers working towards submitting their typescript this year.

>>> link to the article on the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency website.

4 thoughts on “What Editors Want

  1. Thank you, interesting list.

    World Book Night giveaway of Cloud Atlas on my site at the moment…. pop over if you have time.

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