The Secret Language of Editors When I was beginning as a writer, I looked for advice all over, and in the end, I found the most useful thing anyone could tell me was the truth.
Even if I didn't like what I heard, I needed to hear it if I was going to know what was what. The Publisher-Dating Dictionary You have a book you've written, and you want to get it published. You'll be sending it in, and in order to introduce it, you need to write a cover letter.
You say: 'I've chosen you to be my publishers.' Dating equivalent: 'Get your coat, love, you've pulled.' It's their decision, not yours.
It won't convince someone to take on a book they don't like.
It may put people off your work if you sound cranky.
So, in order to better inform you (and perhaps ourselves), we scoured blogs, took a voyeuristic look at text message threads, and got stories from, er, friends to put together a collection of terms that now define the language of the Modern Dater.
Get educated, and then go find Daniel Day-Lewis’s greatest and most convincing role was when he catfished me as “Duchess Gwennifer Goosebottom III,” the first woman to win the Monaco Grand Prix and the richest person in all of Wales.