“Week One: Choose Publisher/Agent. Get Work critiqued.” by Joan Y. Edwards
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.”
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.
2. 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. 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 on the third Friday of the month (or any other day of the month) to critique groups, editors, agents, or contests. You believe that submitting work often leads to publication.
If you’d like your name listed on the Pub Subbers page, leave a comment or send an email to my address from the left-hand column with your name, the title of your manuscript and where you sent it. Include your webpage or blog, if you like.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or to my address from the left-hand column to let me know.
See my other Pub Sub 3rd Fri posts for more reasons to submit your work often: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/?s=pubsub3rdfri.
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Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
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