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"My work may be garbage but it's good garbage." Mickey Spillane

Betsy Mitchell, Dagstine, and better more than good.

Matt posted a link to an article by Betsy Mitchell, a senior editor at Del Rey.  None of them seemed to realize that Betsy has been an editor for close to thirty years and none of them seemed sufficiently awed.  Dagstine has a response up that suggests he thinks his vast underground, reprint riddled, and unspecified sales are equivalent to what Betsy is talking about.

But let’s talk about the good points of this.  A lot of authors ask why editors and agents want to be given lists of places  the book is likely to sell to, and what groups of people might be the target of interest, and other selling points.  This is why:

It helps them fill out a TI sheet or points to how it might be filled out.  More and more in trying to sell to the majors, and some of the more upscale indies, TI sheets are crucial to convince the Sales and Marketing Departments that the book has a viable audience.


7 comments on “Betsy Mitchell, Dagstine, and better more than good.

  1. Johaha
    October 12, 2008

    Luckily, I won’t have to worry about my TI sheet for a while yet.
    Rewrites are a bitch and can take a year or more.

    But I am glad for rewrites, even long ones, nlike the nitwits, who see rewrites as insulting.

  2. Johaha
    October 12, 2008

    that was “unlike the nitwits”, not “nlike the nitwits”.

  3. Rusty
    October 12, 2008

    Kind of gives you an idea as to what the slot margin is currently set for (rougher odds), and how important it is to not only market but show how well you do at it.

    What the hell is he talking about? The article was basically a plea along the lines of “Help me out here, author, to make it easier for us to fill out the TI so we can better market your book.” I don’t see how any of it has to do “rougher odds.” Excuse my ignorance, but what, pray tell, is a “slot margin?”

    That aside, Larry’s expertise at marketing his shit seems limited to cultivating a reputation as an asshole, and pimping his reprints on his own blog, or the two or three message boards that haven’t yet banned him. Relying on people who don’t know better to take him at face value, can only go so far.

  4. cussedness
    October 12, 2008

    I think Daggy meant the title quota. Editors have to put out a certain numbers of titles each month, aka slots to fill. But there’s no margin on it. It’s always been this way, as with most businesses. The word ‘margin’ was a totally inappropriate usage. It’s a quota, not a margin.

  5. Guy La Douche
    October 12, 2008

    There will be fireworks….. Get the popcorn

  6. Johaha
    October 12, 2008

    Someone forgot to tell him that Warren Lapine is being investigated for fraud.

    Anyway, I know Lapine–or did know him–and I know for a fact that he did not know who the blue fuck Daggy is.

    Shove that in your pipe and smoke it, Lorenzo.

  7. cussedness
    October 12, 2008

    It’s the same basic shit. Apparently he thought appearing in a magazine with Lanaia Lee was an incredible coup. It is if you think plagiarists are top notch folks.

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