Dear Pub Subbers,
It is exciting to hear from people who have not submitted regularly or not at all, being encouraged and brave enough to submit their work to a publisher in May and June. Some are even getting their next manuscript ready to send to a publisher in July.
If you have submitted the last month, or several months, congratulations to you!
Stand up. Turn yourself to the left and say, “Hurray for me.”
Turn yourself to the right and say, “I’m getting better and better.”
Turn all the way around in a circle with your hands up in the air and say, “Yippee. I submitted a manuscript. I’m getting closer to publication.”
You’ve just done the Pub Sub dance.
I’m going to be out of town for awhile. Therefore, I’m putting the directions for all three weeks on my blog right now so that you can access it. You can also check the blogs for Pub Sub from earlier months this year.
I want to recommend a book, “Writing for Emotional Impact,” by Karl Iglesias http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595940286/ref=oss_product, It really speaks to me. It explains the parts of a story clearly. It explains emotional story values. In addition to calling a part of the story the conflict, it explains that it should be a disturbance for the protagonist. It disturbs his life so much he can’t ignore it. It upsets him so much that he has to do something. Karl Iglesias uses movies like the Godfather, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Casablanca, and others to show you the beginning, middle, and end. He relates them to a three act play. However, you can use almost all of his explanations in the writing of scenes and whole novels. You can also use them for a short story. You can use them for a children’s picture book. Check for the book at your library.
Week One Steps to Submitting
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.
Here are the steps for Week One to submit your work to a publisher on the third Friday of the month.
It can be an 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 Steps for Pub Sub
1. This week make a list of three possible publishers for this particular creative work of yours.
a. Read all three publishers’ guidelines.
b. Select the publisher you will use this month.
c. Print out a copy and save a copy of the publisher’s guidelines.
2. Fine tune your manuscript
a. Use spell and grammar check with your manuscript.
b. Ask your writing group to critique your work.
c. Ask a professional writer/editor to edit your work.
or critique it yourself.
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. You’ve said to yourself, “I can do it.” You’ve taken action. During Week One, you sent your creative work to your critique.
Now here are the steps to take to help you achieve the PubSub3rdFri goal for the month.
Week Two Steps for Pub Sub 3rd Fri
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’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/
Third Friday of this month is July 16, 2010, I hope each of you submits one of your creative works this month. The more work you submit, the better chance you’ll have of getting your work published.
Each time you write a cover letter, you will improve. Each time you read over your proposal, you will see something to add to make it more appealing to the editor to whom you are sending it. Each time you submit, you will be getting better and better.
In case you’re not ready on Friday, July 16, 2010, I created a raincheck with an encouraging letter filled with quotes to help you get your submission in the mail before a month elapses. You can also print just the Raincheck without the letter. Go to my website to copy a certificate, badge, or raincheck:
Steps for Week Three for Pub Sub 3rd Fri:
1. Reread a hard copy of your manuscript. Make all necessary changes.
2. Print out your manuscript again. Read it aloud.
3. If you see any errors, correct them.
4. Print out the GO FOR IT copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal.
5. Put one copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in 9×12 envelope
6. Print out and save another copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in a folder called “Submitted Manuscripts.”
7. Make sure you put your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, and blog on your cover letter, proposal, query, and/or manuscript. If email submission, follow their guidelines about attachments.
8. Print out label for 9×12 inch envelope – use the mailing address in publisher’s guidelines. If it is an exclusive submission, mark it as such on the outside of the envelope. Also put that fact in your cover letter. “This is an exclusive submission for three months.”
9. Enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope if the guidelines ask for one.
10. Put sufficient postage on envelope.
11. If guidelines ask for a self-addressed stamped envelope. Fix one and enclose it.
12. Leave the envelope with all the items inside over night.
Pub Sub 3rd Friday
13. Check it over Friday morning. Say a prayer. Ask God to bless this submission. Say I allow myself to receive a positive response, “Yes, I’d like to publish this manuscript.”
14. Put addressed, stamped envelope containing your Pub Sub in snail mail or email. Say the “Our Father ” or another prayer as you insert your manuscript in the mailbox or when you hit the send button.
See my other Pub Sub 3rd Fri posts for more information.
Good luck. I love to read your comments and questions. Thank you for subscribing to my blog.
Joan Y. Edwards
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