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Take a Chance on You: Submit Your Manuscript

Submit your manuscript! Believe in you!

Submit your manuscript! Believe in you!

“Take a Chance on You: Submit Your Manuscript” by Joan Y. Edwards

Many of you are sitting on a manuscript. It may be hidden in your drawer because someone took the wind out of your sails. You stopped believing in your story. The only thing that can kill your story and its publication is you. Ultimately, you make the difference. Never Give Up on your story. Keep searching for a way to get your work published.

Critiques are personal opinions. They are not facts. Only use the opinions you believe are right…not just a little bit right…100% right. Follow your gut feelings. Honor yourself and your writing. You are important. The world needs your writing and your view on life.

Once you’ve gotten your manuscript in a great quality condition, you’re ready to activate the Pub Subbers plan to get published!

Yes, it’s possible that you might find a better way of writing what you wrote.

Yes, it’s possible there are a few things you didn’t know, but find out later.

The question is:

Is this manuscript the absolute best it could be at this particular moment in time? If your answer is “YES,” go for it. Take a chance on you. You’re worth it.

Follow the steps for Pub Subbing!

Week 1 Find a publisher. Get one last critique of your manuscript and pitch.

Week 2 Write your cover letter, query letter, or proposal.

Week 3 Make revisions on manuscript, letters, proposal. Print out. Check over. Correct errors. Follow publisher or agent guidelines. Submit.

Week 4 Celebrate your courage in submitting. Live. Write another story.

Each submission fills you with joy and hope!

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Believe in you!

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
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16 Responses

  1. Thanks for the strong reminder and positive encouragement!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Linda,
      You’re very welcome. Enjoy this wonderful day!

      Never Give Up


  2. This is wonderful, Joan. Thank you so much for your encouragement!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Becky,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad i’ve encouraged you. Go for it, Becky.

      Never Give Up


  3. Very good advice. Which reminds me: Guess I’d better check my computer and see what stories are hiding there. Maybe they’re just waiting for a new home. Thanks.

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    • Dear Beverly,
      Thanks for writing. I hope you find that manuscript hidden in your computer! It could also be under your pillow!

      I love your sense of humor.

      Never Give Up


  4. I needed to hear this. A few years ago, I sent my middle-grade manuscript out to be critiqued. An expensive critique by a professional who returned to me a 40-page critique that drained every last bit of air out of my balloon. she began with one sentence of extremely high praise. “A well-crafted story with believable, likeable characters, and engaging story, too.” Then, the next pages broke my heart. I put the manuscript away and never looked at it again. I’m going to dust it off and look at it with extremely fresh eyes. Thank you for your encouragement.


    • Dear Leslie,
      Thank you for writing. I am very proud of you! It is sometimes difficult for us, human beings, to handle remarks from people we consider to be authority figures! We sometimes think what they advise us are facts, when they are just their opinions, which like us is sometimes flawed.

      Please let me know how you’re coming along and when you’ve submitted!

      Never Give Up


  5. Joan,
    I think I’l take a look at some of the stories I put away and rework them.
    Thank you for this topic!

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    • Dear June,
      Thanks for writing. I am very proud that you’re going to take another look at the stories you put away. Good luck in reworking them for submission. Believe in you!

      Never Give Up


  6. Super, encouraging tips again Joan. And sometimes it’s okay to want to self-publish too. More control. Hee hee. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Tracy,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you thought my tips were super and encouraging! You’re right. Sometimes, self-publishing is the perfect choice for publication of your work.

      I self-published Flip Flap Floodle and am very glad I did.

      Do something fun.
      May you have a blessed Thanksgiving.
      Never Give Up


  7. Joan, I love what you say in this post-I so agree! No one should give up on their story-it is tough at times to not feel defeated by rejections. However, have that little pity party and chocolate–always helps me anyway 🙂 but after that get your work ready to submit again. The good and bad thing about writing is that it is subjective. So that just means to keep submitting until you find the right fit for you at the right time 🙂

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    • Dear Kathleen,
      Thanks for writing. You are right. No one should give up on their story even though it’s tough being rejected. I like your idea of having a pity party and eat chocolate.

      Never Give Up

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  8. Good willing and the creek don’t rise, my book should be in print by the end of this week! Hot diggety dog. Hope everybody has a lovely Thanksgiving with lots of food, family and love. Sarah Maury Swan

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    • Dear Sarah,
      I am very proud of you for taking a chance on you! It’s very exciting that your book’s coming out at the end of this week!



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