Thanks for joining me in Pub Sub 3rd Fri. Our goal commitment is to submit an article, poem, illustration, song, or book manuscript to a publisher on the third Friday of each month for a whole year. I’m glad I can count you in.
You’ve said to yourself, “I can do it.” You’ve taken action. During Week One, you sent your creative work to your critique group or to a professional editing service for critique. You chose the publisher for this month’s submission. You printed out this publisher’s guidelines and saved them to your computer in your submissions folder.
Now here are the steps for Pub Sub 3rd Fri – Week Two to take to help you achieve the PubSub3rdFri goal for the month.
1. Let your manuscript sit a week in an incubator while you do your query or cover letter, resume, and proposal.
2. If the guidelines say to write a query letter and not to send the manuscript, then write your query letter. You can go to Query Shark http://queryshark.blogspot.com/ and check out Charlotte Dillon’s website http://www.charlottedillon.com/query.html/. She has a query sample, names of books, and links to online articles about query letters. Awesome resource! Here’s another telling you how to write a pitch letter for that in-depth article you’ve written: http://www.ehow.com/how_2117753_write-pitch-letter.html
3. If you’re submitting a manuscript or article, write a cover letter to accompany it. Good sources for cover letter notes are Moira Allen’s http://www.writing-world.com/basics/cover.shtml and http://resourcesforwriters.suite101.com/article.cfm/how_to_write_a_cover_letter/.
a. Write a pitch for your manuscript, article, or illustration of 25 words or less and include it and include it in your cover letter. A pitch is an eye-catching, heart-trapping summary of your book or article. It can also be called your “Hook.” Here is a great site to see a few pointers about writing a pitch: http://www.ehow.com/how_5824250_write_novel_pitch.html/. You can submit your pitch to the SCBWI list serve email group and ask them for suggestions on revisions of your pitch. Write it on a 3×5 card. If you can’t get it all written on the front side of the card, it’s too long.
b. Mention one book, article, or illustration similar to yours and how yours would hook readers and attract them to it.
c. If you’re a member of SCBWI, mention that fact in your cover letter. SCBWI has a great reputation with publishers.
4. Write your resume. Here is a link to Moira Allen’s walking your through a good one: http://www.writing-world.com/rights/resume.shtml
a. Include your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, blog.
b. List all memberships in professional organizations.
c. Include all of your publishing credits.
5. If necessary, write your proposal. Here’s a link to a site that also has videos on you-tube. http://www.bookproposalwriting.com/
When you submit, whether you submit, early, on-time, or late, print a PUB SUB 3RD FRI CERTIFICATE from my website http://www.joanyedwards.com/pubsub3rdfri.htm/ to tape on your computer.
If you are late, print a RAIN CHECK I’LL SUB IN 7 DAYS to tape on your computer. You get to take it down when you submit.
Hopefully, at the end of 2010 you will have submitted more creative work than you did in 2009! That’s something to be proud of! That is a great gift to give yourself!
I hope you hear “YES, I’d like to purchase your manuscript” from a publisher.
Check my website for the Pub Sub 3rd Fri certificates and rainchecks, http://www.joanyedwards.com/pubsub3rdfri.htm/
Surround yourself with other Pub Subbers. Great minds wander in the same plane.
I invite you to join the Pub Subbers Yahoo group to post successes, receive encouragement when you receive a no, ask for advice or help, etc. The group has automated reminders for the weekly steps to get your work ready for submission. Join by sending an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know.
See my other Pub Sub 3rd Fri posts for more reasons to submit your work often: http://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/?s=pubsub3rdfri.
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Joan Y. Edwards
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