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What’s Your Excuse for Not Submitting Your Manuscript?

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“What’s Your Excuse for Not Submitting Your Manuscript?”  by Joan Y. Edwards


Is this a month to get married? Is this a month to set new goals? Is this a month to celebrate your birth? Put your best foot forward. Any month is a great month to submit your manuscript.  Publishers can’t publish your work if they don’t know about it. That’s where you have to do the work to introduce your manuscript to a publisher or an agent.

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?

You tell me. “There are many reasons why you haven’t submitted your manuscript.”

Excuse 1 – I haven’t finished it yet.
My Advice: Never Give Up. Finish it.

Excuse 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 Advice: Never Give Up. Conquer your fear. Submit it.

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

Excuse 3. I’ve had 50 rejections on this manuscript. It’s no use to send it out again. It’s hopeless.
My Advice: 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.
Write your response for the following what if statements. Write 5 of your own.

What if your story took place in another setting. Would make it more difficult for the main character to reach her goal?

What if your main character had a flaw that frightened other characters so much that they gasped for air? Would it help or hinder the main character from reaching his goal?

What if things got three times worse than your main character ever believed it would. Would he die or would he find some unknown way to wiggle out of the bad situation?

What if authority figures doubt that your main character can achieve his goals. Will this stop him temporarily? What three trial and error experiences does he have that leaves him victorious at the end?


Excuse 4. I can’t find a publisher who will accept unsolicited manuscripts.

My Advice: Never Give Up. Say: “I can find a publisher who accepts unsolicited manuscripts.”

Check out my blogpost: Ask and you shall receive. God will give you what you believe you will find.

32 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts

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.

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.

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.”

Week One

  1. During this week, make a list of three possible publishers for this particular creative work of yours.
  2. Read all three publishers’ guidelines.
  3. Select the publisher you will use this month.
  4. Print out a copy and save a copy of the publisher’s guidelines.
  5. 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.

I enjoyed your visit to my blog. You can subscribe in the left hand column for an email subscription. Ask a question. Leave a comment.

Joan Y. Edwards

Updated December 5, 2015.

Originally posted Copyright © 2010-2014 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.


11 Responses

  1. Joan,

    I like the comparison of submitting being like a wedding. I plan to submit my riddle manuscript this month, if I get it finished in time. It is definitely scheduled as a summer wedding. I was a July bride myself; so that would suit me okay for my “baby.”

    Thanks for all your research, links, and encouragement.

    Let’s do it!

    Linda A.


  2. Thank you so much for all the encouragement! It’s hard to get going in this business! I have started writing since I’ve been on disability. I have always wanted to write, I just didn’t know how hard it really was!!! I’m going to tweek my 2nd book and submit it! I’m working on a third one but have much more to do with it!

    Thanks for all your research. I really appreciate it!


    • Dear Terri, Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment. You’re welcome for my encouragement and my research. I’m glad it’s helping you. You are capable of great things. Believe it and do it. Good luck with tweeking your 2nd book and submitting it. You can do it!

      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


  3. Good post, Joan! I hope you have great success this month with your submissions. I need to get my behind in high gear and do the same!


    • Dear Donna, Thanks for your kind words. It’s so good to hear from you. Hope your hubby and daughters are doing well. I hope you get your submission in gear! You can do it! I believe you can. God believes you can. Go for it, Donna.

      Joan Y. Edwards http://www.joanyedwards.com 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


  4. I like the helpful info you provide in your articles.

    I will bookmark your blog and check again here regularly.
    I’m quite sure I will learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!


    • Dear Daniel Chavez,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad the information I provide in my articles is helpful to you. Thanks for bookmarking my blog. You can subscribe and get notified by email when I post a new article. That would make me smile. Plus you’d get a free logo! Subscribe from the left hand column where it says, sign me up.

      Celebrate you
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  5. Appreciating the dedication you put into your website and in depth
    information you provide. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t
    the same old rehashed information. Wonderful read!
    I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.


    • Dear Daniel Chavez,
      Thank you for writing. I appreciate the compliments about my blog. Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  6. Dear Joan,

    Your writing got me back to applications. Still, I’ve made over 500 applications in the last two years. I think I’m starting to run out of people to apply to. Like I’m sure you have, I went through the entire list at Predators and Editors and have been scouring the web for other options and lists of publishers and agents. I’m editing a second novel to start applying but it’s a daunting process to start again. I guess I’m just wondering how many people get into that situation.

    Mark Charke


    • Dear Mark,
      Goodness. That’s a lot of submissions! I am very proud of you. You might want to look into self-publishing it, too.

      I believe the right publisher is out there for you.

      Writing another novel is a great idea. To help you with your writing skills, read “Wired for Story” and “Save the Cat.” Have you gotten through and had a request for your whole manuscript? If so, great. Your pitch must be good because it got you through the door.

      Celebrate you.
      Never give up.


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