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Give Your Manuscript Time to Incubate

Participant Badge of Pub Sub 3rd Fri
Participant Badge of Pub Sub 3rd Fri

“Give Your Manuscript Time to Incubate” by Joan Y. Edwards

Old Title – Week Two – Let Your Manuscript Incubate

Thanks for joining me in Pub Sub 3rd Fri. Our commitment is to submit an article, poem, or book manuscript to a publisher on the third Friday of each month the next 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 manuscript or article (could be poems, puzzles, devotions, illustrations) to your critique group or to a professional editing service for critique. You chose the publisher. You printed out their guidelines and saved them to your computer in your submissions folder.

Now here are the steps for Week Two to take to help us achieve the PubSub3rdFri goal for this month.

Week Two
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 indepth 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 are a member of SCBWI, mention it in your cover letter.
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. At the end of the year you hopefully will 12 Certificates to show your accomplishments! Publishers will have 12 examples of your great writing or illustrating. At best you will have done more submitting than you did in the year 2009. That is a great gift to give yourself!

My hope and prayer is that you and I will hear or see “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/

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I love reading your comments. Celebrate each little step you take. Say a prayer of thanksgiving to God for helping you get where you are. Each step gives you wings to fly into publication!

Flip Flap Floodle says “I Won’t Give Up!””
book cover of Children's book, Flip Flap Floodle written by Joan Y. Edwards

Do something good for yourself today! You deserve it.
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2010 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.


4 Responses

  1. Thank goodness for Joan and PubSub3rdFri. You keep us motivated.

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda, Thanks for saying I may have made a difference with writers wanting to be published. My original thought was to find a way to make submitting work FUN…So much fun, that writers would be motivated to send in work knowing that it might be turned down, yet knowing that possibly if you let your work be known in a lot of places, eventually someone will read it that says, “Yes. I love your work. I want to be your agent or I want to publish your work. I’ve just gotta have this story. I’m so glad that PUB SUB 3RD FRI has helped you. Do something good for yourself today. You deserve it.

      Enjoy Life’s Journey Be like Flip Flap Floodle: say, “I Won’t Give up.” See my inspirational devotions, puzzles, and skits for children: http://www.joanyedwards.com


  2. Linda,

    This is a great resource. Submitting is a frustrating, hope-lifting, depressing, rewarding, learning process. Here’s to hanging together and sharing it!


    • Dear Joe, I’m really glad that you wrote. Thanks. I’m glad you found my blog to be a helpful resource. I hope it makes submitting more fun and more effective for you…meaning you get to see these words in an email or hear them on the phone: I love your story. I want to publish it! Please keep me informed of your progress. Your successful submission is a step closer each time you submit. Sincerely, Joan Enjoy Life’s Journey Don’t Give Up – Read my blog – http://www.joanyedwards.com.wordpress.com

      Joan Y. Edwards joanyedwards@earthlink.net 1. Pub Sub 3rd Fri – Submit a manuscript to a publisher on the third Friday of each month. May I count you in? 2. Be like Flip Flap Floodle and say, “I Won’t Give up.” 3. http://www.joanyedwards.com Inspirational devotions, puzzles, and skits for children


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