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Week One: Choose Publisher/Agent. Get Work Critiqued (Pub Sub)

Week One: Choose Publisher/Agent. Get Work critiqued. (Pub Sub)” by Joan Y. Edwards

Here are the steps for Week One to submit your work to a publisher. 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

1. Study and find three matching three publishers and agents for your manuscripts:

a. 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 http://www.amazon.com/Hermans-Publishers-Editors-Literary-Agents/dp/1402243375/

b. Sally Stuart’s Christian Writers’ Market Guide http://stuartmarket.com/default.aspx

c. Children’s Writer’s And Illustrator’s Market, Writer’s Digest Books.http://www.amazon.com/2012-Childrens-Writers-Illustrators-Market/dp/1599632314

d. Writer’s Market by Writer’s Digest Books http://www.amazon.com/2012-Writers-Market-Robert-Brewer/dp/1599632268

c. Visit the Preditors & Editors website to check out the editors and agents you’ve chosen. It’ll tell you if they are legitimate or warn you about them. http://pred-ed.com/

f. Check the submission guidelines of the websites of the publishers and agents of three of your favorite books.

  1. 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  or a professional writer/editor to critique your work.

Become a Pub Subber.

You’re a Pub Subber when you submit one or more of your quality works during this month to critique groups, editors, agents, or contests. You’re a Pub Subber when you believe that submitting work often leads to publication.

Surround yourself with other Pub Subbers.  Great minds wander in the same plane.

I invite you to join the Pub Subbers Yahoo group to post successes, receive encouragement when you receive a no, ask for advice or help, etc. The group has automated reminders for the weekly steps to get your work ready for submission. Join by sending an email to me at joanyedwards1@gmail.com. 

Thank you for reading my blog.  Leave a comment, please. I love reading your stories and opinions.

Celebrate Yourself
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2011-2012 Joan Y. Edwards


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