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Week 1

Week 1

Week 1 Getting Ready for Submission

Pub Subber Week 1 MP3 Recording.

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 DO IT. I CAN REALLY DO IT.”

Week One

1. Send your manuscript for a final proofing critique to your writing group or critique partner.

2. Decide if you want to submit to an editor, an agent, or a contest.

3. Study and find three editors, agents, or contests that are good matches for your manuscript. 

a. Check the publishers and/or agents of three of your favorite books. See if their guidelines say they accept unsolicited manuscripts.

b. Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2017: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! by Jeff Herman: https://www.amazon.com/Hermans-Publishers-Editors-Literary-Agents-ebook/dp/B01LA268C0/

c. Sally Stuart’s Christian Writers’ Market Guide http://stuartmarket.blogspot.com/

d. Children’s Writer’s And Illustrator’s Market 2017, Writer’s Digest Bookshttps://www.amazon.com/Childrens-Writers-Illustrators-Market-2017/dp/1440347778/

e. Latest Writer’s Market by Writer’s Digest Books 2017

f. Joan Y. Edwards. “22 Literary Agents Who Are Looking for You:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/22-literary-agents-who-are-looking-for-you/

g.. Joan Y. Edwards. “40 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/40-publishers-who-accept-unsolicited-manuscripts/

h. Writing Contests: http://writersviews.com/writing-contests.php

i. Poets & Writers-Creative Writing Contests & Competitions http://www.pw.org/content/writing_contests_0?cmnt_all=1

5. Print out the guidelines of the three publishers, agents, or contests you chose.

a. Read all three of the guidelines.
b. Select the one you will submit to this month.
c. Save a copy of the guidelines for the one you chose for submission this month.

Good luck!

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.

Surround yourself with other writers and illustrators who submit work on a regular basis. 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, etc. The group has automated reminders for the weekly steps to get your work ready for submission. Join by sending an email to me at joanyedwards1@gmail.com with your first and last name and why you’d like to be a Pub Subber. Then I’ll send you an invitation! Fun, fun, fun!

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Celebrate Each Step You Take
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Updated November 17, 2017.


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9 Responses

  1. “Yes, yes. I CAN DO IT. I CAN REALLY DO IT….and I will give it a try – after first rereading carefully all of your instructions!


    • Dear Melissa,
      Yes. Yes. YOU CAN DO IT. YOU CAN REALLY DO IT. You are happy and grateful that you are preparing to submit your manuscript. I am very proud of you. Go, Melissa, go. Let me know how it goes for you. Celebrate you today.

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  2. Thank you, Joan, for your wonderful words of encouragement.
    I will certainly let you know the results of my literary actions 🙂


    • Dear Melissa,
      You’re very welcome. It is my pleasure to encourage you. I look forward to hearing about your literary success. Step by step, you’ll get there. Each step is a seed of success.
      Celebrate yourself.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


    • Dear Melissa,
      How is it going now?
      Hope to hear from you.

      Never Give Up


  3. This is such a fun website. I am going to try this. Right now am looking for an editor for my book manuscript, but I also have a number of short stories and will be a “pubsubber” for those. I believe any action creates momentum, so it’s good to get started. Fun to have others doing the same thing, too. Great website, Joan; thanks!!
    MauraBeth Brennan


    • Dear MauraBeth,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad you believe my blog website is fun. Please let me know how your PubSubbing goes.I hope you’ll subscribe to my blog. Have a fun day.

      Never Give Up


  4. Happy Blog Anniversary. I am new here and would love to apply to Pub Subbers


    • Dear Cecly Ann Mitchell,
      Thank you very much for writing. Thanks for wishing me a Happy Blog Anniversary! I’ve been busy in final edits on Joan’s Elder Care Guide so I haven’t celebrated yet this year! What kind of writing do you do?

      I’ll send you an email to join Pub Subbers from the Pub Subbers Yahoo Group. Once you’re in the group, please tell the other members your name and the kind of writing you do.

      Never Give Up


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