“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.
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.”
- 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
Updated December 5, 2015.
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