f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: Give a Second Thought To...

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Give a Second Thought To...

This is going to be a new running feature on the blog here. It'll be based on observations made by myself and my colleagues as fiction acquisitions editors who see a lot of manuscripts on a day-to-day basis. These aren't rules ("Don't Do This!") but rather gentle warnings. Like the title says, "You might want to give a second thought to ...x... because it's something of which we see a lot."

Today, you might want to give a second thought to naming your character something obviously symbolic. Yes, Grace and Faith and Hope are women's names. And popular women's names. But, these names appear very often in submitted proposals. They don't stand out anymore. (Likewise, Cain as a villain's name, appears quite often.)

Just an observation from the acquisitions desk.