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July 18, 2006 6:29 AM Subscribe
How to (tactfully and successfully) get some major names to look at some of my writing? Of course there is
posted by exlotuseater to Society & Culture (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I am going to be involved in a big-name writer's conference, though not as a paying attendee (no workshops, just the hobnobbing); I am there in more of a logistical/support sort of capacity. Nevertheless, I am going to be meeting with major poets and authors that I admire greatly, in a social setting. Is there a tactful way to pass on a manuscript or collection of some of my current work to them for perusal? I'm doing this primarily because I would like feedback from them, not because I am so foolish to believe that they'll say "omg this is wonderful I will pass it on to my editor/publisher tout de suite".
Related question for bonus points: how much is too much? When does a manuscript or collection get too big for someone to consider looking at? I want to err on the side of caution- I'm thinking of ~10 poems and a short-short story in one packet. Too much?
(I couldn't decide whether this was "Society and Culture" or "Writing and Language")