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Write a book: how agents and editors will “read” your book

New writers are always horrified to learn that agents and editors who read their book don’t actually read it.

Agents and editors sample your manuscript, as you might sample a wine… or as you might sample a book in a bookstore.

I love this article – Frankfurt Book Fair – Books – New York Times which says: “Later that night Mr. Stein arrived half an hour late to a dinner party of editors and agents in their 30s. Laurenz Bolliger, an editor at the prestigious German publisher Berlin Verlag, pulled out a manuscript he was considering and asked for Mr. Stein’s opinion. He looked at the first sentence, flipped to a random page and deemed it a word unprintable in a family newspaper.”

If you want to write a book and sell it, realizing that it’s a billion dollar business can give you perspective.

With luck, it will inspire you to write the best book you can right now, knowing that your skills as a writer will improve with every book you write.