Monday, April 11, 2011


So let's just bite the bullet and talk about submissions.  As an acquiring editor, I know that is often the first thing people want to ask me about.  Am I taking submissions?  Can anyone submit?  What am I am I looking for?  Simple questions, right?

Not really.  As of March first, I partially closed submissions.  Currently I am only taking submissions from agents and authors I have met at conventions.  Why would I do such a crazy thing?!  The answer is complicated.  I am the only one who reads submissions here and I have too many to handle.  If I were an author, I would not want to wait a year to hear from an editor, but that is where I am right now.  Roughly nine months behind.  If and when I get caught up, I will re-open.  You'll just have to watch the submissions guideline page on the Midnight Ink website.  I am attending several conventions this year and will figure out a way to list them here on the blog.

Do you need an agent?  No.  Does it help?  Yes.  Not only does having an agent get me to look at a submission sooner, but a good agent has already worked the author on the manuscript.  That is one more level of development and editing.  Beware of bad agents who just slap their name on it and send it out.  They are out there and they aren't doing you a service.

What am I looking for?  Such a dangerous question!  If I say I want a police procedural, I will be flooded with them!  Instead, I want a story with a captivating voice.  I want to start reading a manuscript and get lost in the story.  I want to know the characters, love them and be afraid for them.  I need a plot that is somewhat realistic.  If you write humor, make me laugh.  If you write suspense, I better be biting my fingernails by the end.  (how else do you measure a page-turner?!)  I want to finish a manuscript and be in agony that there isn't a follow up to read immediately.  I want it all.  Is that too much to ask for?

I tend to get passionate about books.  I LOVE storytellers, those who can weave plot lines through a book or through several books.  That is what I want to acquire and by doing so, together we'll continue to build Midnight Ink into a powerful and vibrant crime fiction publisher.

And in the meantime, don't let you lolcat ruin the ending!

 funny pictures - The Butler did it....  Now get me fud!


Kathleen Ernst said...

Hmmn, sounds like you want to acquire exactly what readers are looking for!

Alice Loweecey said...

I bet you're taking time to eat and sleep, aren't you? :P

Terri Bischoff said...

umm... Alice... I am trying!

Kathleen - I am still a fan first!

Kristi said...

Ms. Bischoff,
I'm a mystery writer in the Twin Cities. Will you be at any upcoming local conferences (or other literary events) where I might have an opportunity to pitch my novel? Thank you.

Terri Bischoff said...

Krisi -

I will be at a writing conference at the Loft on November 5th. Otherwise, drop me an email at our submissions email on our website. :)