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Pub Sub 3rd Fri – Count Down to Submission on Friday, August 20, 2010

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Pub Sub 3rd Fri – Count Down to Submission on Friday, August 20, 2010

Dear Pub Subbers,
Thanks for joining me in Pub Sub 3rd Fri. Our goal commitment is to submit an article, poem, puzzle, devotion, illustration, short story, picture book, chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult novel, adult novel, play, song, or movie to a publisher on the third Friday of each month for a whole year. We started in February. Wow! We’ve been doing it for six months now. I’m glad I can count you in.

One lady wrote saying she had just about given up on her writing and that my blogs had changed her way of thinking. She has become very enthusiastic about her writing and is enjoying it more. She even printed out 25 pages of my blogs to help her. I am very happy that she found my blog helpful. The purpose in my blog is to encourage you and to share skills, websites, and knowledge that I believe will help you and me make a better submission that will attract the editor or agent’s attention. I want each one of us published. Since it worked really well last month sending all the tips for the month’s PUB SUB 3RD FRI in one blog, I’m doing that again. That way it’ll all be in one place for you.

If you submitted one month or several months, congratulations to you! Do the Pub Sub Dance listed below or make up your own dance. Celebrate you! You’re one of a kind.
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.”

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. Start today to say you can. Let me hear you shout, “Yes, yes. I CAN DO IT. I CAN REALLY DO IT.”

Dan Dierdorf (American football player born in 1949) said, “You go for it. All the stops are out. Caution is to the wind, and your’re battling with everything you have. That’s the real fun of the game.”

Howard Thurman (American Theologian, Clergyman and Activist, 1900-1981) “Don’t ask wha the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Without further ado, here are hints to get your submission ready to send off on Friday, August 20, 2010. Three weeks…21 days. Long enough to break a habit or make a new habit stick.
Summary of Week One
Summary: During Week One, you will send your creative work to your critique group or to a professional editing service for critique. You will chose the publisher for this month’s submission. You will print out this publisher’s guidelines and save them to your computer in your submissions folder. You say to yourself, “I can do it.” You’ve take action.

Steps for Week One
1. Choose three possible publishers for the kind of writing you are submitting:
a. 2010 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market (Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market) (Paperback)

b.2010 Novel-Short StoryWritersMarket

c. Free Fiction Factor Marketing information for writers of adult and children’s fiction. they have a section for Christian Fiction, too.

d. Free online Sally Stuart’s Christian Book Publishers

e. Free online Sally Stuart’s Christian Magazine Publishers

f. Subscribe (Purchase) Online Writers Market

(1)FAQs about Writer’s Market
What is the cost of WritersMarket.com?
A one year subscription to the complete Writer’s Market database costs $39.99 (renews automatically until you cancel) and a two year subscription costs $54.99. Monthly subscriptions are $5.99 per month (renews automatically until you cancel). WritersMarket.com now offers one year niche subscriptions to Children’s Poetry, and Novel & Short Story for $19.99 (renews automatically until you cancel).

When you sign up for a one or two year subscription you will receive a 7 day risk free trial at the beginning of your subscription. If you cancel at anytime during your first 7 days you owe nothing. However, if you use a debit card to subscribe the funds may be held for 7 days. If you cancel during the risk free trial the funds will not be processed.

2. 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.

3. Fine tune your manuscript
a. Use spell and grammar check with your manuscript.
b. Read Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King. Your local library may have a copy. I put a link the book on Amazon. It has come highly recommended to me from many sources. I’ve ordered it from the library.
c. I recommend “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.
d. Here are six books that have 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.</em>
Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel.
Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook.
Noah Lukeman: The First Five Pages.
Margaret Lucke: Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories
Darcy Pattison: Novel Metamorphosis

e. Here are links to just about every kind of Graphic Organizer you can think of:
(1)Thinkport Character, Plot, Sequence of Events Choose the PDF files so you can print them out.

(2)http://www.teacherfiles.com/resources_organizers.htm Each one listed where you can see it with a separate link to PDF files.

(3)http://freeology.com/graphicorgs/index.php PDF files Character, Plot, You have to search through each page to see what’s there.

f. Perhaps you did more research for your article. You have photos and information from an interview to add to it.
g. Maybe you rewrote the second chapter of your novel because it needed better dialogue.
h. Ask your writing group to critique your work.
i. Ask a professional writer/editor to edit your work.
j. Critique it yourself.

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.
a. 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!
b. 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
c. “Write a Query Letter That Is Pitch Perfect” by Suzanne Pitner
d. Make the Perfect Pitch – The Novel Query by Kelly James-Enger

3. If you’re submitting a manuscript or article, write a cover letter to accompany it. Good sources for cover letter notes are:
a.Moira Allen’s http://www.writing-world.com/basics/cover.shtml
b. http://resourcesforwriters.suite101.com/article.cfm/how_to_write_a_cover_letter/.
c. What to do/what not to do in query and cover letters from “Rites of Submission: Cover Letters and Query Letters” by Jacqueline K. Ogburn: http://www.underdown.org/covlettr.htm

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/.

Read my blog entitled How to Entice an Editor/Agent with a Pitch (Logline).
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 inch card. If you can’t get it all written on the front side of the card, it’s too long.

b. In your cover letter, mention one book, article, or illustration similar to yours and how yours would hook readers and attract them to it. Each time you write a cover letter, you will improve.

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 site that will walk you through a good resume. 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.

a. Here’s a link to a site that also has videos on you-tube. http://www.bookproposalwriting.com/ 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.

b. Book Proposal: “Selling Your Non-Fiction Book, Part II: Making Your Pitch”

Steps for Week Three for Pub Sub 3rd Fri: Pub Sub day is August 20, 2010

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. Some publishers do not accept attachments. Follow their guidelines.

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. On November 20, 2010 I am submitting it to other publishers.”

9. Enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope, if the guidelines ask for one.

10. Put sufficient postage on the 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 your manuscript, cover letter, proposal, and resume Friday morning.

14. Put addressed, stamped envelope with your PUB SUB in a mailbox or email. Say a prayer. Ask God to bless this submission. Say to yourself: I allow myself to receive a positive response, such as, “Yes, I’d like to publish this manuscript.”

Each time you submit, you will be getting better and better. In case you’re not ready on Friday, August 20, 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: http://www.joanyedwards.com/pubsub3rdfri.htm

See my other Pub Sub 3rd Fri posts for more information.

I would be honored if you would sign up for an email subscription to my blog from the “Sign me up” block from the top of the left hand column. The 50th person to subscribe from the left will receive a free paperback copy of Flip Flap Floodle or a 1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer.

Please leave a comment, question, or resource.

Never Give Up
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Joan Y. Edwards
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2 Responses

  1. Thanks for continuing to encourage, motivate, and offer source of information.

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda, You’re welcome. I hope it comes in handy for you!

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards http://www.joanyedwards.com/FlipFlapFloodle.htm http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flap-Floodle-Joan-Edwards/dp/1594572852/


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