“Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Submissions” by Joan Y. Edwards
Old Title Week One Steps to Submitting – June 2010
In June brides get married. Perhaps this is the month your manuscript gets married to a publisher. However, they can’t get married if they don’t even know each other. That’s where you have to do the work to introduce your manuscript, your creative work, to an publisher or an agent.
Put your best foot forward. Any month is a great month for your manuscript, art work, or music to be published. Submit your work this month on the third Friday.
Submit your work in honor of your spouse. Do it in honor of God. God put it on your heart to write or create. If you want it published, ask him to help you. God has faith in you. I have faith in you. Display faith in yourself. Submit your work this month. So you say, your manuscript is not ready. What will it take to get it ready?
1. I haven’t finished it yet.
My Answer: Never Give Up
2. It’s not good enough. I’ve had my critique group read it and I’ve made their corrections.
I used spell check and grammar check with word.
My Answer: Never Give Up
Submit it. Conquer your fear. Submit it.
3. I’ve had 50 rejections on this manuscript. It’s no use to send it out again. It’s hopeless.
My answer: Never Give Up
Read it over again.
Add a twist to help you feel this time is different.
Change the title.
Add a twist of both points of view going through your main character’s mind.
Ask yourself five what if questions.
Hurt the “bunnies” in your story three more times and put them in deeper pain.
Put three doubts in your character’s mind. Let them overcome their doubt through trial and error.
4. I can’t find a publisher who will accept unsolicited manuscripts.
My answer: Never Give Up
Say I can find a publisher who will accept unsolicited manuscripts.
Go to the article from ehow.com: http://www.ehow.com/about_5384861_publishing-companies-accept-unsolicited-manuscripts.html
Go to Answers.Yahoo.com written by Mia http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100227075533AAvYoge
You have to check to see whether they publish books like what you’ve written. But here are publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts. Check their websites for the latest guidelines to make certain they have not changed.
Arthur A. Levine– imprint of Scholastic, Accepts query and full text for picture books, query and 2 chapters for novels.
Baen Books science fiction and fantasy publisher
Bloomsbury Kids USA– accepts unsolicited submissions but only responds if interested. http://www.bloomsburykids.com/faq
Clarion Books– imprint of Houghton Mifflin, accepts unsolicited manuscripts, only responds if interested: http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/faq/submission.html#clarion
Dial Books for Young Readers and Philomel–imprints of Penguin, accepts a cover letter and first 10 pages of longer works, only responds if interested.
Flux–imprint of Llewellyn, accepts full manuscript plus synopsis, responds only if interested, usually within 4-6 months. http://www.fluxnow.com/submission_guidelines.php
Lee and Low Books
Puffin and Razorbill–imprints of Penguin, accepts up to 30 pages and a cover letter with an SASE. No listed response time.
The following link lists Christian publishers, both books and magazines, who accept unsolicited manuscripts.
Need more choices. Go to my article April 7, 2013 blog post 18 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts.
I hope I have encouraged you and given you a little more hope to fill your day. Accept yourself where you are. Be proud of who you are and all that you’ve done in your life.
Here are five books that helped me with my writing skills. Checking out the book from your local library is free.
If you want your own copy, usually you can buy used ones on Amazon for $5.00 or less plus $3.99 shipping. You can also check a used book store in your area.
Donald Maass: The Fire in Fiction.
Donald Maass: Writing the Break Out Novel.
Donald Maass: Writing the Break Out Novel Workbook.
Noah Lukeman: The First Five Pages.
Margaret Lucke: Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories
Get yourself ready to submit a manuscript to a publisher on the third Friday of this month. Submit your article, poem, puzzle, devotion, illustration, short story, chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult novel, adult novel, play, song, or movie. Like the little duck in Flip Flap Floodle say, “I won’t give up.” Get your creative work ready to send off. Go For It. Automotive and assembly line industrialist Henry Ford said “Whether You Think You Can or think you can’t, You are Right.” Start today to say you can. Let me hear you shout, “Yes, yes. I CAN DO IT. I CAN REALLY DO IT.”
- During this week, make a list of three possible publishers for this particular creative work of yours.
- Read all three publishers’ guidelines.
- Select the publisher you will use this month.
- Print out a copy and save a copy of the publisher’s guidelines.
- Fine tune your manuscript – have your writing group or other professional writer/editor critique it.
Good luck! See my other Pub Sub 3rd Fri posts for more information. Do something good for yourself today!
Have I knocked out a few of your excuses. Have I motivated you to submit? I hope so.
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Joan Y. Edwards
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