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Joy Acey Says Pub Sub Works

Participant Badge of Pub Sub 3rd Fri

“Joy Acey Says Pub Sub Works” by Joan Y. Edwards

It’s time to fill Your Writer’s Bag of Success with Submissions on the next third Friday to come around. You may say, “I’m too busy. Honor yourself. Take the time to submit at least one submission before the next month ends. Let this be your gift to yourself.

I am happy to announce that on November 23, 2010, Joy Acey wrote the following:

“Hey Joan,

It worked!  I offered to read a poem for the local community radio station and they asked me to come in and record it.  I went last night and had a ball.  I was wowed watching the announcer digitally edit out my submitted beginning on one word.  I learned so much from this experience.  I even got to record my counting Christmas poem.  And as I was leaving they gave me a copy of one of the poems on CD with the announce and closing on it. Thank you for 3rd Friday.  It certainly helped me. JOY.”

Joy Acey’s Christmas poem was aired on the radio station KXCI  91.3 on Dec. 24th, 26th, 28th, and 29th, 2010. It was a great experience for Joy and all the listeners. You can leave her a comment below.

I hope you’ll join Pub Subbers. 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.

If you haven’t submitted lately, spend the next three weeks getting your creative work ready to send off. Start today to say, “I can do it.” Let me hear you shout, “Yes, yes. I can do it. I have the power to do it. I CAN DO IT.”

Besides a manuscript or article, below are the resources you need to accomplish your Pub Sub goal:

Steps for Week One
1. Read this book or a similar one, or search online publisher/agent websites for current guidelines.

Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2011: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! by Jeff Herman

2  Choose three publishers/agents to submit a manuscript/query letter/illustration.

a. Read the guidelines of all three publishers/agents.

b. Select the publisher/agent to use this month.

c. Print out a copy of the publisher’s guidelines and save it in your submissions folder.

  1. Fine tune your manuscript

a. Use spell and grammar check with your manuscript.

b. Look for four errors in your manuscript. Read my blog for common errors you might miss unless you search for them:

c. If you’ve been to a writing conference, revise three places in your manuscript using a skill or technique taught that you think will improve it.

d. Here are ten books that may help you with your writing skills. If you click on the title, it’ll take you to Check out the book from your local library for free or purchase it at a book store (local or online). I’ve read all of these books. They each contain excellent advice and tips for improving your story. Little by little the information and skills soak into your mind. Your skills and knowledge improve. You’ll be able to tell when you’re critiquing someone’s work or reading your favorite book. You’ll say to yourself, “AHA. That’s how to do it.” Your writing gets better. Your critiquing improves. You move one step closer to publication. Even published writers continue to learn more about the craft of writing by reading.

  1. Remni Browne and Dave King: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
  2. Donald Maass: The Fire in Fiction
  3. Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel
  4. Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook
  5. Karl Iglesias: Writing for Emotional Impact
  6. Margaret Lucke: Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories
  7. Noah Lukeman: The First Five Pages
  8. Darcy Pattison: Novel Metamorphosis
  9. Jordan E. Rosenfeld: Make a Scene
  10. Katharine Sands: Making the Perfect Pitch

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, then write your query letter.

  3. If you’re submitting a manuscript or article, write a cover letter to accompany it.

a. Include a strong pitch for your manuscript in your cover letter. A pitch is a 25 word eye-catching, heart-trapping summary of your book or article to hook the attention of the reader, agent, and/or editor.  Refer to my blog for more information about writing your pitch:

b. In your cover letter, mention one book, article, or illustration similar to yours and how yours hooks readers and attracts 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.

d. If this is an exclusive submission, write that in your cover letter. “This is an exclusive submission for three months. On (date 3 months from your submission) I am submitting it to other publishers.” For exclusive submission with an agent, you can limit the time to two months or six weeks. Their guidelines might give you an idea of how much time they usually take. I think giving them a time, keeps you from wondering and gives them reason to respect your choice.

4. Write your resume.

  • 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.
  1. If needed, write your proposal.

Steps for Week Three:
1. Read out loud a printed out (hard copy) of your manuscript. Make all necessary changes.

  1. Print out your manuscript again. Read it aloud, again. Then read it from the bottom to the top, and from right to left. This will help you notice more errors that your might not notice in other ways.
  • If you see errors, correct them.

  • Print out the GO FOR IT copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal.

  • Put one copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in 9×12 envelope

  • Print out and save another copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in a folder called “Submitted Manuscripts.”

  • 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 it’s an email submission, follow the publisher/editor/agent guidelines about attachments. Many publishers do not accept attachments. Follow their guidelines.

  • 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.

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

  • Put sufficient postage on the envelope.

  • Leave the envelope with all the items inside over night (24 hours is good).

  • Pub Sub Day
    13. Check your manuscript, cover letter, proposal, and resume Friday morning.

    1. 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.”

    Thank you for reading my blog.  Good luck in publishing your work. Let me know if Pub Sub 3rd Fri helps you get published. Please sign up for an email subscription from the “Sign me up” block from the top of the left hand column. .

    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

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    6 Responses

    1. Yay, Joy! So happy for you. Thanks, Joan, for this great advice. Love the three-week process you outline: “I can do it!” 🙂


      • Dear Kelly,
        Thanks for stopping by and being happy for Joy. You’re welcome for the great advice. I hope the three-week process works for you and helps you get published!
        Do something good for yourself today!


    2. Congratulations Joy on the reading of your poetry on air. How exciting! It was good of you to let Joan know that PubSub3rdFri worked for you.

      I love that this post appears regularly to remind me to submit. The tips are a handy reference also.

      Thanks Joan, for this generous Christmas gift that comes all year long.

      Linda A.


    3. Joan,
      What a bundle of great information. Thanks for the present and all the goodies you send along to us all year long.


      P.S. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. Thanks for the good wishes.


      • Dear Joy,
        I am very happy and proud for you. You believed in yourself, you sent out a submission, and you received a “YES.” You’re welcome for the information. It was my pleasure. Good luck in publishing your work!


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