“Submit to a Publisher or Agent in August (Pub Sub)” by Joan Y. Edwards
I can’t believe it’s August. This year is flying by. How many submissions have you made this year?
Choose your best writing month from January – July.
How many hours did you spend writing manuscripts this month?
How many hours did you spend looking for markets for your book(s)?
How many hours do you spend working on a project that will help with expanding the number of people who know you and your writing? marketing your book(s)? Blogs? School Visits? Organization Visits? Facebook? Twitter?
During August perhaps you can increase the area in which you think you need to work. Say increase the amount of time by 10 minutes.
Path to Publication
A. Road to a good manuscript
- Writing a manuscript
- Self-Edit your manuscript
- Submit it to a Critique Group.
- Submit it for a Paid Critique.
- Submit it for a Free Critique.
- Edit it to the “polished – as good as I can get it for now” stage. Properly formatted. Punctuation and grammar checked. Pitch written, Plot checked. Characterization embedded.
B. Road to a good publisher – the gate to publication
- Submit polished manuscript to a contest (with a prize of publication)
- Submit polished manuscript to a publisher.
- Submit polished manuscript to an agent
I want to motivate you to make at least five more submissions to editors and/or agents this year. That’s one for August, September, October, November, and December. Let’s focus on August. Get the submission done for August, then we’ll worry about the other months. Go ahead. Submit your manuscript to an editor or agent during August. You’ll be glad you did.
Let’s face it. If you write, critique, revise continuously, that is really good. That gets you to the polished manuscript. That gets you to the gate. The gate openers are the agents and editors. Now is the time to take a chance on you and your polished manuscript(s). Now is the time to submit your manuscript to an agent or editor.
I believe in you. God believes in you. Your critique group believes in you. Your great-grandfather believes in you. Your neighbor down the street believes in you. Your mail carrier believes in you. Take a step to show that you believe in yourself. Submit your manuscript to an agent or editor.
Do I practice what I preach? To be truthful, I need to submit more manuscripts to publishers or agents. I haven’t done well in submitting to editors and agents in 2012. I plan to focus on that for the next five months. Although I did a bunch of things, I didn’t submit to an agent or editor. I wrote, edited, and improved my marketing platform. I wrote blog posts, taught mini-lessons, taught online workshops, visited with family, and talked with friends. However, I did not submit a single manuscript to an editor or agent. Come on. Join me. Let’s submit a manuscript to an editor or agent during August.
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Submit your work. You are worth it. Good luck with all your publication endeavors.
Here are six articles I found on the internet to help further increase your chances to get published.
- Michelle Kerns. “30 Authors Who Were Rejected Repeatedly and Sometimes Rudely by Publishers” http://www.examiner.com/book-in-national/30-famous-authors-whose-works-were-rejected-repeatedly-and-sometimes-rudely-by-publishers
David Miller. “Four Ways to Increase Your Chances of Getting Published” http://matadornetwork.com/notebook/4-ways-to-increase-your-chances-of-getting-publishing/
Sharon Miner. “What Are the Chances at Getting Published?” http://www.ehow.com/info_8097393_chances-getting-published.html
James Weseen. “How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Published” http://www.writerscoop.org/How_to_Increase_your_Chances_of_Getting_Published.pdf
Henry at Creative Writers Desk. “Increase Your Odds of Getting Published with a Killer Query Letter” http://www.creativewritersdesk.com/queryletter.html
Julie H. Ferguson. “Five Proven Ways to Increase Your Chances of Being Published:” http://www.beaconlit.com/fiveways.pdf
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Joan Y. Edwards
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