Archive for the ‘What Editors and Publishers Want’ Category

25% less? You kidding?

Friday, April 10th, 2015


25%    That’s how much we Californians must cut our water usage.  Since we’ve already been conserving, it isn’t going to be easy.  But we will do it.

How many words are in your latest manuscript?  Cut 25% of them.

It won’t be easy?  Yes, it’s difficult at first, but soon it becomes addictive.  Make it a game.

How concise can you write?

Writing Prompts:

  1.  Note how many words you’ve written.  Read your piece out loud.  Begin with the last sentence.   Check for clarity.  Are the tenses right?  Can you say that sentence any more succinctly?
  2. Put your writing away for a while.   Time is your friend.  When you read it again, you’ll see your words through fresh eyes.
  3. Share it with a writing friend or writers’ group.
  4. How many words is your piece now?  Have you shortened the word length by at least 25%?

What Chronicle Books Looks for in Proposals!

Thursday, August 28th, 2014


Chronicle Books Editor Bridget Watson Payne will present “The Power of Words and Images” at the next luncheon meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC) on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

Ms. Payne will discuss what she looks for in a winning book proposal, how to discover unique areas of writing and book publishing, the interaction of words and images in illustrated books, collaborations, and how to turn personal interests and passions into books.

Bridget Watson Payne has worked in publishing for over a decade with hundreds of authors, artists, and photographers. Her authors include Julia Rothman, Danny Gregory and Yoko Ono. Her own books are: This is Happening: Life Through the Lens of Instagram, and New York Jackie: Pictures From Her Life in the City.

Sign-in is from 11:30 am to noon, buffet luncheon from noon to 1:00 pm, and speaker at 1:00 pm. The cost is $20 for CWC members, $25 for guests.

Reservations are required, and must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, September 10. Contact Robin Gigoux at [email protected], or phone 925-933-9670. Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation.

The California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch web address is:

Discover Behind-the-Scenes Secrets at Chronicle Books!

Monday, July 21st, 2014


Admit it.  You’ve always wondered what goes on behind the scenes in book publishing.  Discover how editors and publishers make their magic!  Editor Melissa Manlove will give a fascinating presentation this Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7 pm, at 1846 Union Street, San Francisco.

PLUS – – get 25% off everything in the Chronicle Store!