Top Ten Questions Dutton Editors Ask Themselves When Looking At A Manuscript
1. Who is the readership for this book?
2. Does this story surprise me and take me to places I didn’t expect?
3. Is this a main character I care about?
4. Am I personally moved by this story or sitituation?
5. I this a theme/emotion/concern that a lot of kids will be able to relate to?
6. Has this been done a million times before?
7. Will I want to read this manuscript ten (or more) times?
8. Is the voice/character authentic and real?
9. For picture books: Would this story be visually interesting for 32 pages? Could I easily envision the illustrations for this?
10. For novels: Does the action of the story move at a good pace and hold our interest? Does tension build as the story moves forward?
This is good good list to use when working on our second draft and something we can use when critiquing other writer’s work. Hope it helps.