Few writers know this, but editorial assistants (EA) are the gatekeepers of publishing. In the world of towering slush piles and deep agented-submissions bins, EAs are often the first to look at submissions. They screen calls and fend off anxious authors and would-be authors. In book publishing (and, I would guess, magazine publishing as well), the proper care and feeding of editorial assistants is the key to gaining an editor’s attention and developing a solid relationship with your publisher.
In my article “The Care and Feeding of Editorial Assistants: the Secret to Getting an Editor’s Attention” I provide tips from the front that can make all the difference between rejection and acceptance, avoidance and attention. This piece was published in the Sept/Oct 2007 issue of Writers’ Journal.