Bio: KL Grady spends her spare time perfecting canning techniques and stockpiling machetes, coffee, and QuikClot. When she’s not preparing for the zombie apocalypse, she drinks an insane amount of coffee and pretends to be just another soccer mom.
She has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, where she studied urban fantasy, horror, and romance. And tortured the faculty. Who are glad to see her gone.
This week, KL lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Next week, she’ll be wherever the Navy sends her family.
If I find something compelling in my inbox, but it's not my cuppa, I pass it along to one of my fellow Entangled editors.
Answer: I don't want a synopsis unless it's the two paragraphs in your query. Send the query with the first five pages pasted at the end. If I like what I see, I'll ask for the full. And then, I still don't want a synopsis. They're made of evil and doom.
Answer: No vampires. No werebeasts. Unless vampires are irredeemably evil villains and werebeasts are wild, ferocious murderers stalking the hero and heroine. Then I might change my tune. Maybe. I'd actually love to see some romantic comedies. Dark or light, as long as they're smart (please no slapstick) and make me laugh out loud, I'll love them and cuddle them and call them Susie. Oh, and romantic thrillers/romantic suspense.
Answer: When I read, the first thing I think about is how much time it'll take me to edit the story. If it requires a lot of work or if the missing or flawed elements are major, I will pass. However, I tend to offer a revise & resubmit (R & R) if it's something I think the author can fix. With a few exceptions, a professional writer can fix just about anything. Assuming below that everything else is at least acceptable or even compelling about the story:
Answer: Absolutely. It helps knowing an author is serious and knows how to connect professionally. It's an important trait to have with your publisher and your readers. Even chatting me up online lets me know you've taken the time to Twitter- or blogstalk me. I appreciate that. Just no actual stalking, if you please.
Answer: Understanding the importance of using social networking to build a community of readers.
Answer: Interviews. (and having your picture taken—I must be high on your favorite people list today <G> thank you for answering a few questions for me, KL)
Also, I very much dislike dealing with authors who refuse to learn and improve craft. I don't care if you've won a RITA or a Nebula. If we've discussed your unnatural relationship with the word "just," I expect you to run a search and destroy on that word before you send me your manuscript. Especially since I've offered to pay for your "just" rehab.
Answer: Twitter. And background noise.
Answer: Get my PhD.
Answer: From the poem "The Old Astronomer to His Pupil" by Sarah Williams: "Though my soul my set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; / I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."