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8 Ways to Smooth the Road to Publication

8 Ways to Smooth the Road to Publication

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“8 Ways to Smooth the Road to Publication” by Joan Y. Edwards

  1. Pray. Thank God for your skills and knowledge. Ask God to bless your writing career with a paid traditional book publication.
  2. Set your goals. Say I am a paid published author ten times a day. It will make new brain cells in your mind. Your subconscious mind will steer you to publication when you act on your belief.

  3. Write a story. Revise it 3 times. Send to a critique group or pay for a professional critique for your pitch and first 1000 words from an author who has 3 or more published books in your genre. Be willing to pay from $35.00 – $50.00. Revise 4 more times.

  4. Submit your quality manuscript to an editor, agent, or contest.  Submitting your work is acting on the belief that you are a paid published author. Believe in yourself and your writing. As Lisa Nichols said in the movie, “The Secret”, “have unwavering faith.” No matter what the circumstances are or how bad things look, continue to believe in yourself and your writing.

  5. Boost your confidence and skills: take a writing workshop online, at a writing conference,  or at a nearby university or college.

  6. Read a book on craft.

  7. Read a book on marketing.

  8. Read a top seller in your genre.


Get Published.

Use the Pub Sub Plan outlined for each week of the month you’re submittingWeek

Week 1  Get proofing critique. Choose an editor, agent, or contest for your submission.

Week 2 Follow the guidelines to write necessary documents: pitch, query letter, cover letter, proposal, resume, or bio..

Week 3 Pub Sub Friday-submission time. Not ready. It’s okay. Submit it when you’re ready.

Week 4 Write, Revise, Critique, Live, Educate, Motivate, Celebrate

Submit Your Quality Manuscripts Often

Follow the Pub Subbers plan. It will also smooth the road to publication for you.

Join Pub Subbers Yahoo Group. It has automated reminders and lots of members to inspire you to keep on submitting. To join, send a blank email to pubsubbers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or send an email to me telling me why you want to join pubsubbers joanyedwards1@gmail.com


More Resources: 

  1. 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 Getting Published:”   http://media.wix.com/ugd//bd629f_b52ec4bb6ee580083918b0e6918bf725.pdf

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    14 Responses

    1. 64,000 … what a nice round number 😀 … congratulations!


      • Dear Widdershins,
        Thank you for your congratulations! It is so good to see you here. I hope you are feeling much better. Celebrate you.

        Never Give Up
        Joan Y. Edwards


    2. Thanks, Joan, for my new mantra: I am a paid published author. I WILL get my YA sci-fi novel published by a traditional book publisher. 🙂


      • Dear Juliana,
        Thanks for writing. I’m glad that you found a new mantra on my blog. I like it. I like it. Have fun on your journey to publication.

        Never Give Up
        Joan Y. Edwards


    3. Great advice Joan. Thanks for caring and sharing. Hugs to you!


      • Dear Susan,
        Thank you for writing. I’m glad you believe I gave you great advice in this blog. I greatly appreciate the hugs! I love hugs. Hugs share energy!
        Never Give Up
        Joan Y. Edwards


    4. Loved it that you put God first!


      • Dear Sharon,
        Thanks for writing. When we focus on God and put him first, everything seems easier and runs smoother, doesn’t it? Celebrate you!
        Never Give Up
        Joan Y. Edwards


    5. I would add number 9. Keep writing. The only way to get better is to write, write, write.


      • Dear Kristina,
        Thanks very much for writing. You are right. Adding a number 9 – Keep writing is something that smooths the road to publication! I hope you enjoy all the successes you dream of!

        Never Give Up
        Joan Y. Edwards


    6. Joan,
      My husband considers obstacles in his life’s path as just bumps in the road. I like that your tips teach how to smooth the road to publication without having to buy a big roller machine like those used to construct highways. Big savings! No special license or certification required either.

      Thanks for all you offer to your blog followers. I think your color change set off the Pub Sub resource nicely here. Way to go.


    7. Dear Linda,
      Thanks for writing. I like your husband’s description of obstacles in his life’s path. Visualizing them as just bumps in the road is the way to smooth them out without heavy machinery. Go, Linda’s husband, go.

      You’re welcome for all I offer to you and my other blog followers. You give me life. I try to find topics to help all of us. We are on life’s path together. I want to make it as smooth as possible.

      Thanks for saying you like the image color change.

      Celebrate you!
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


    8. Joan, great list. I never envisioned myself a writer — and certainly never a writer of fiction — I stumbled into it by serendipidous (?? sp ??) accident. A failure of faith and imagination.


      • Dear Margaret,
        Thanks for writing. I heard through Joel Osteen that God has faith sometimes when we don’t. He has a plan. I’m glad you are a writer and share you writing with the world.

        Go, Margaret, go.

        Never Give Up
        Joan Y. Edwards


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