What Editors Look for When Considering a Book for Acquisition

In Fiction

  1. Voice: The overall narrative voice.
  2. Pace: How quickly the story moves.
  3. Character: Are there interesting and multifaceted characters in conflict?
  4. Plot: The overall story.
  5. Style: How the story is written.
  6. Verisimilitude: Are the details right?

In Nonfiction

  1. Voice: The writer’s voice: is it self-assured, knowledgeable, funny interesting?
  2. Subject Matter: What is the book about?
  3. Organization: The marshaling of material. Is it easy to follow and understand?
  4. Style: How the writing makes you feel?
  5. Verisimilitude: Did the author get the details right in his nonfiction book?
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