Being an Acquisitions Editor & What Happens When a Publisher Says YES


So this is a post that has come directly from one of our followers (You know who you are 😉 ) As you may or may not know, I work as an Acquisitions Editor with Curiosity Quills Press and Sego Lily Publishing. In a nutshell, this means I am part of the team that reads through all the submissions, aka “the slush pile,” that come into the publisher.

And I’ll tell you what, CQ gets a pretty hefty slush pile. To give you a little bit of a behind the scenes tour, it goes something like this: The submissions are received and sorted by the Acquisitions Manager. They are then sorted into date and time of arrival and go on a waiting list. As they move to the top, the managers gives them to who would best suit the manuscript. I for example, get mostly YA/NA romancey type stuff, and I seem to get historicals fairly frequently, too.

This isn’t a quit-your-day-job kind of job. I do this part time, from home. I love doing it, and when I reject I try to give out positive feedback why. But that’s a personal thing.

Once you get that elusive YES, aka, contract offer, from the publishers I have worked with, I have received a “style guide”. This will tell you how to format and edit the novel in preparation for your editor. Don’t stress about this, just be thorough. After doing three books with CQ, I have learned what I need to do and only sometimes refer to the guide.

While all this is going on, a production manager assigns an editor, cover artist, release date and so forth.

My advice? Work hard, know your art, and write me a story that grabs me from the beginning without distracting me with info dumps, passive voice, and so forth. And Good Luck!

Got questions? Feel free to ask!

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One Comment

  1. Great post. I am currently studying editing and publishing. One of things I’ve learned is that each role within the publisher is vitally important. Certainly, getting through the slush pile and picking out the gold is one of the first steps.

    As an author, I try to convey fresh ideas that readily communicate an excitement for the genre. When I am bored by a story I’ve written it is because I’ve seen a version of it before. However, when a story or character genuinely clicks, something inside me says I want to know more. That is when I feel the story has potential and I start to explore it further.



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