Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Q & A 2 Irrelevant Credits
One question on writing credits. I am in the query process for my first novel. I have included both professional publication credits (several chapters in prestigious textbooks) as well as several respected journals I have had poetry published in. Though not directly relevant to whether or not I can write a decent novel, I thought that adding these to the letter would show I have worked with editors/publishers and am serious about the craft of writing. Keep or cut?
By all means, include these credits--if, after fully describing your book to the editor, the page still seems a bit too empty. It won't hurt. Will it help? Let's see, the editor has just read your plot summary, and is thinking to herself, Give me a break, how many disorganized, incoherent queries for Jane Austen ripoffs do I have to read before I lose my lun--oh, wait, this author had a poem in the September issue of Odes and Limericks in 1997; I'd better request the full manuscript.