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20 Reasons to Submit Your Manuscript

“20 Reasons to Submit Your Manuscript” by Joan Y. Edwards

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When should you submit your manuscript?

  1. When the manuscript is the best you can do at this particular moment in time.
  2. When you believe with unwavering faith that there is a market for your manuscript.
  3. When your manuscript is correct in formatting, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  4. When your manuscript content meets the genre guidelines of the selected publisher or agent.

If you don’t believe your manuscript will be published, change your thinking and/or change your manuscript.

Before you hit the send button for electronic submissions, see a picture of the cover of your book, and say: “This company buys this manuscript. Thank you, God for helping me get this book published.”

Before you put the envelope with the stamps in the mailbox or hand it to the counter person at the Post Office, see a picture of the cover of you book and say: “This company buys my manuscript.” Say the Our Father or other prayer as you leave the Post Office.

Question: How many times should you submit your manuscript?

Answer: As many times as it takes to receive a contract for publication.

20 Reasons to Submit Your Manuscript

  1. It’s healthy.
  2. It’ll make you smile.
  3. Your book will get published sooner.
  4. People need the information you are writing now.
  5. People are waiting to read what you write.
  6. It takes you one step closer to publication.
  7. It is a big milestone in your life as a writer.
  8. It will take you to a higher level of thinking.
  9. It frees you to write a new manuscript.
  10. It opens up unlimited possibilities.
  11. It shows your unwavering faith in you and your story.
  12. It solidifies the image of your published book in your mind.
  13. It will excite the child within you for weeks.
  14. It gives you a great reason to celebrate you.
  15. It will create visions of money in your head.
  16. It will give you a reason to be proud of yourself.
  17. It will enable you to take the next step in your writing career.
  18. It gives you a sense of well-being.
  19. It builds confidence in you and your capabilities as a writer.
  20. It will make God proud of you.

What Are Step-by-Step Directions for Submission?

Here are links to pages with step-by-step directions for submissions that lead to publication:

Pub Sub Directions

  1. Week One
  2. Week Two
  3. Week Three Submit your manuscript before the end of this month. Pub Subbing aims for the Third Friday, but earlier or later is fine.
  4. Week Four

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Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards


8 Responses

  1. Always an inspiring post! I love the way you encourage positive thinking as you send off a manuscript. It’s so true….if you don’t believe someone will publish it, you’re right! YOU have to believe it’s good enough and worthy of putting out there for others, especially children to read.


    • Dear Sandra,
      Thanks for writing. I appreciate your compliment. I’m glad my posts inspire you. That is one of my goals. I’m happy that you like the way I encourage positive thinking as you send off a manuscript. You’re right the most prevalent thoughts going through your mind wins. Discard any thoughts of doubt, not enough of whatever you need to be published. Think: You’ve got it all!

      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  2. Hi Joan,
    I’d like to add another: When should you submit your manuscript? When your nerve is up. 😉 I’m teasing, but I bet you know what I mean.

    Great reminders to keep positive and keep writing! Thanks!


    • Dear Linda,
      Thanks for writing. What a cool one to add to when should you submit your manuscript? When your nerve is up! Cool. Yes, you have to be courageous and filled with lots of nerve to submit. I love your sense of humor.

      Celebrate your sense of humor
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  3. Joan, I love the answer to “how many times should you submit your manuscript.”. I’ll add another: nothing ventured, nothing gained!


  4. Dear Karen,
    Thanks for writing. I’m glad you love the answer to how many times should you submit your manuscript. You are right. Nothing ventured; nothing gained are true words, especially as far as submitting a manuscript goes.

    Celebrate you and your marketing ideas you share,
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards


  5. […] 20 Reasons to Submit Your Manuscript […]


    • Dear J. Keller Ford,
      Thanks for putting a link to my blog with your article. Congratulations on being asked for two full manuscripts. Go, J.Keller Ford, Go.

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


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