Pet Peeves of Editors and Agents

What are the “Peevie Jeevies” of Editors and Agents?

Here are the top five, in no particular order, from agents and editors I have spoken with throughout my years of attending PPWC.

  • When I say, “No, it’s not for me,” please don’t argue with me or state your case why I should change my mind.
  • Don’t tell me it’s going to be the next bestseller. Comparing it to a particular book is fine, but a little humility goes a long way.
  • Please don’t stalk me, especially in the restrooms. It’s creepy when I turn around and you’re simply always there.
  • I don’t want to be handed your entire manuscript. If I’m interested in your book, I’ll let you know by giving you information on how/where to contact me or I’ll give you my card.
  • Although it’s flattering, don’t treat me like a god or goddess. I’m human, just like you.

Here are the top five things agents and editors would like you to do.

  • Introduce yourself and give me a brief (keyword brief) logline of your story. I don’t need you to recite the entire book.
  • If I do ask for materials, make sure you follow the submission guidelines carefully.
  • Yes, you can buy me a drink. I’d love a drink. Or two.
  • Mingle. Make some small talk. It could lead to bigger things.
  • Talk to me as you would anyone else you’re meeting for the first time. We enjoy meeting new people. That’s why we’re here.

PPWC 2019 is just around the corner. Get ready to meet with editors and agents, but don’t rile their “Peevie Jeevies”!


Becki Davis

A member of Pikes Peak Writers for over 20 years, Becki Davis has written dozens of lifestyle articles for local publications and has been published in a national women’s magazine. Currently she works as an advertising manager for a local newspaper writing copy and designing ads. She and her husband are graphic designers and have won numerous awards both locally and internationally throughout their long careers