Month: October 2015

Out of the Rabbit Hole

Storygridding The Tipping Point

For those of you playing the Storygridding the Tipping Point home game…at long last…we’ve reached the beginning of the ending payoff of the journey. Let’s pick up from the “Staring Down the First Draft” post from August 18, 2015. It’s now June 1998, just about eighteen months after Malcolm Gladwell signed his Little Brown contract… Read more »

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Publishing’s Hatfields and McCoys

Podcasts

Here’s the transcript for episode two, “Ice cubes can either become guns or they can’t” of The Story Grid Podcast. You can also listen to it by clicking the play button below. Tim: Hello, and welcome to Episode 2 of The Story Grid Podcast. This is Tim Grahl, I’m your host. Shawn is going to… Read more »

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Spontaneous Auction

Storygridding The Tipping Point

[Episode 2 of The Story Grid Podcast is available here, transcript available next Tuesday] It’s Tuesday September 3, 1996, 10:23 a.m. After she’s hung up the phone with Bill Phillips at Little Brown, Janklow & Nesbit literary agent Tina Bennett gives herself the permission to enjoy a two-minute rush of adrenaline. Phillips had called her… Read more »

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Soft Launching

Podcasts

Tim Grahl and I “soft-launched” The Story Grid Podcast here just last Thursday October 15.  Thank you to all of you who’ve listened and especially all of you hardcore story nerds who reached out via email to say how much you liked it. I had no idea there was a such a legion… There was… Read more »

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Stalking Horses

Storygridding The Tipping Point

It’s a little after ten a.m. on Tuesday September 3, 1996, the day after Labor Day when book publishing gets back to work.  A call comes in to the editor-in-chief of Little, Brown…Bill Phillips. “He’s unable to take come to the phone at the moment, but he will return the call at his earliest convenience…. Read more »

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Sales Hook Memetics

Storygridding The Tipping Point

It’s a Friday morning in the summer of 1996, around 10:15. Tina Bennett’s bosses at the Janklow & Nesbit Literary Agency have had their coffee and have read through the Times, the Journal and the Post. There are about forty-five minutes to kill before their car services ring reception to let them know that their… Read more »

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Manufacturing the Pitch

Storygridding The Tipping Point

It’s 1996. Tina Bennett is a junior literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates, an Aston-Martin level New York literary agency. She’s finished her after-work beer with her colleague Eric Simonoff and heads home energized. She now has a step-by-step mission. Per Simonoff’s generous counsel, here is what she’ll need to do to best represent… Read more »

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Targeting Editors

Storygridding The Tipping Point

So a good agent understands how editors think…specifically, how they sort submissions. Let’s take a look at Editorial Principle Number One from the last post, “Don’t Even Think About Reading Unsolicited Submissions.” How does this knowledge translate into an effective sales approach? To avoid being thrown into the slush pile and/or being immediately handed off… Read more »

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How Editors Think

Storygridding The Tipping Point

Here is how editors think about and sort projects: Principle Number One Don’t Even Think About Reading Unsolicited Submissions. This means if you get something from an agent (or God forbid an un-agented writer) that you did not ask to see, or don’t know, it’s Slush. Slush is the stuff assistants have to reject with… Read more »

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