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Be Your Own Valentine! Submit Your Manuscript in February

Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

“Be Your Own Valentine! Submit Your Manuscript in February” by Joan Y. Edwards


Be Your Own Valentine! Submit Your Manuscript in February. Do it to help me celebrate the 4th Birthday of Pub Subbers.

Happy Birthday to Pub Subbers! It’s four years old today. Believe in you. Submit one of your manuscripts during the month of February.

Pub Subbers is a plan to help you become a published author.

Here are important questions for you as a writer? Pub Sub is a synonym for submit.
Did you PubSub last year?
Did you PubSub in January 2014?

Today, February 1, 2014 is a great day to fall in love with you and your writing. This is the month to get seriously romantic about your manuscripts and your submissions to publishers, agents, contests, and critiques.

What? You don’t have a plan! You don’t have a clue about how to do submit your manuscript. This is your lucky day. I have a plan that will work for you. There’s only one catch. You have to believe in yourself and your writing. You have to keep that belief alive through thick and thin. I know that is not easy. I’ve been disheartened myself…many times. But we have to keep that little light of belief shining within us.

Believe in Yourself and Submit Your Manuscript


Click a Week for Step by Step Directions.

Week 1 Choose an editor, agent, or contest.
Week 2 Follow their guidelines.
Week 3 Time to Submit to agent, editor, contest, critique group, or professional editor
Week 4 Write, Revise, Critique, Live, Educate, Motivate, and Celebrate

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Celebrate you every day.
You are a gift to our world
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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Be Smart! Submit Your Manuscript

Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards

“Be Smart! Submit Your Manuscript” by Joan Y. Edwards

Okay. I admit it. Last year I didn’t submit a manuscript every month. However, I did submit. What you and I do sometimes is focus on what we didn’t do. I want you to focus on being proud of your efforts, even if the Pub Subbers hopscotch has 12 spaces (one for each month) and you stepped out of the box in space 1. So what! Love yourself where you are. By loving yourself, you’ll keep moving forward. When you think in shoulds – I should have done this. I should have done that – you may become frozen to the spot and do nothing.

The point I’m trying to make is sometimes you don’t give yourself credit for all you’re doing. Sometimes you’re doing little things to help your writing career that are not clearly in the box called manuscript submissions. Sometimes you’re dealing with crisis situations in your life. Other times you may have different priorities for your time. Honor yourself and keep believing you’ll be published by a traditional publisher or whatever kind of publisher you want.

Know that you are a great writer and you will be published:
…even though you take detours
…even though you don’t submit a manuscript every month
…even though no one in your critique group understands your story

Remember what happens in real life, occurs in your mind first. Believe and imagine the good things you want to happen. You have to believe it. You have to imagine it.

It takes courage to share your work with a critique group. It takes guts to ask to present a workshop in person or online. It takes determination to raise your family and write, too. However, you can do it. I believe in you. God believes in you.

When your manuscript is the best that it can be right now, submit it.  This means that you’ve gone through at least 3-7 revisions. You’ve had your critique group read every chapter. They’ve given you positive feedback and places where the story is confusing or needs correction.

Let it sit in a special writers’ crock pot by itself for a couple of weeks. While it’s in there, your subconscious mind heats up new ideas on how to make it better. Or put it in the cellar for two weeks. Like great wine, when you read it later you’ll be amazed at the really great parts. You might say to yourself, “Did I write that? Wow! That’s pretty good.”

On the other hand, you may find parts where you say to yourself, “Oh my goodness. Did I write that? This is not good. I’m surprised I didn’t catch that error two weeks ago. My critique partners didn’t catch it, either.”

That’s when you’ll change it to a higher level of satisfaction with improved writing skill.

To help you decipher smart things for professional, soon to be published writers to do, I’ve devised an exercise. First, I listed 10 Smart things for writers to do. Then I’ve listed 10 Not So Smart things for writers to do. Can you rewrite the Not So Smart ones to Smart ones?

Smart things for writers to do.

  1. Read books that teach you how to improve a writing or marketing skill.
  2. Read books in your genre.
  3. Live. Travel. Study. Write about your experiences.
  4. Set the timer and write 10 minutes a day. Chances are you’ll get into it and write longer.
  5. Have a critique partner or group read your work and point out three Blue Ribbon Passages (the great parts), tell you where the meaning is not clear, and any errors in spelling, word usage, and punctuation.
  6. Visualize yourself autographing a copy of your book in a bookstore or writing conference.
  7. Study the current online submission guidelines for publishers and/or agents you believe are a good match for you and your manuscript.
  8. Study the query letters and cover letters of published authors.
  9. Study the body language of your family, friends, and strangers
  10. Submit the same story to publishers and agents who accept simultaneous submissions.

NOT SO SMART things for writers to do. Silly Sally did all the things listed below. Can you change these to Smart things for her to do so she can get published? Then she can be called “Smart Sally.”

  1. Submit your manuscript without having someone critique it.
  2. Submit your first draft.
  3. Submit your non-fiction book to a publisher of only hot fiction romance.
  4. Submit your manuscript without checking it for spelling errors that spell-check software won’t find.
  5. Submit your manuscript in April when the submission guidelines said to submit only during October and November.
  6. Submit your manuscript to all five agents at a literary agency.
  7. Submit the only copy of your manuscript.
  8. Print and submit your manuscript without reading it for errors.
  9. Send your manuscript by email when the publisher accepts only snail mail submissions.
  10. Go swimming at the YMCA to write a documentary about how the YMCA has improved the health of America, but don’t write the story.
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Below are Pub Subbers (PubSub3rdFri) Step-by-Step directions for submission to a publisher, agent, or contest:

  • Week 1
  • Week 2
  • Week 3 Pub Subbers aim for submitting a manuscript on the Third Friday of the month, but earlier or later is fine.
  • Week 4

Thank you for reading my blog. Richard M. Voza left a comment on June 14, 2013 saying he wished someone would write his query letter for him.

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Joan Y. Edwards

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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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Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards


50 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts

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“50 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts” by Joan Y. Edwards

Updated March 1, 2018.

Your revised and edited manuscripts are saying:

“Send me to a publisher.  Send me. Send me. I’m ready!”

It’s okay if in the past you didn’t submit your work. Forget the past. Focus on right now. Check the guidelines for the publisher you’ve chosen. Look at the books they published. Do you like the illustrations on the covers? Are the books appealing to you?

If you’re like me, one of your stories says, “Send me to a publisher. Send me. Send me. I’m ready!” It’s waited anxiously for submission for days, months, or years. Now is the time to send your manuscript to a publisher. How can you turn down your sweet manuscript?

What? You’ve decided to do it now. Hurray!

It’s important to follow the very latest guidelines on the publisher’s website. Does this publisher accept unsolicited manuscripts?  Do they want paper or online submissions? Are there certain months, they don’t accept submissions?

Some companies may offer you the opportunity to self-publish or vanity publish with them. Don’t do it. Go to a traditional publisher who does not charge you money for anything. 


 1. Algora Publishing (Adults, Non-fiction

Algora is an academic-type press, publishing general nonfiction for the educated reader. We publish works by American and international authors.

Subjects relating to anthropology, business/economics, creative nonfiction, diplomacy, education, government/politics, health/medicine, history, language/literature, military/war/peace, music, nature, philosophy, political economics, secular analysis of religion, science, sociology, translations, travel-foreign experiences, women’s issues/studies may be considered.

1a.Baen Books (Adults) Submission Guidelines Specialized

Baen Books is a science fiction and fantasy publisher. It accepts unsolicited manuscripts for all books and prefers electronic submissions through its manuscript-submission form. Baen is very accepting of new authors and has a large e-publishing department.

2. Blaze Vox Books (Adults) Submission Guidelines – poetry and fiction submissions.

3. Chelsea Green Publishing (Adults) Submission Guidelines Specialized.

Chelsea Green specializes in books that promote the “politics and practice of sustainable living.”

4. Gibbs Smith Nonfiction and Children’s Books.

Our main emphasis is on interior designarchitecturechildren’s, and cookbooks. Additionally, we accept submissions in the following subjects: arts and craftswestern humor with general appealgeneral humor, and gift books.

We are accepting submissions for children’s activity books, board books, and picture books.

5. Chicago Review Press (Adults) Nonfiction, Memoirs

Chicago Review Press publishes nonfiction in the following categories: African American interest, autobiography/biography, DIY, film, food and drink (not cookbooks), history, music, parenting, politics, popular culture, popular science, social science, sports, regional (Midwest), nature/outdoor/travel, true crime, and women’s interest.

6. Diversion Books (Adults)

Fiction: Romance (contemporary and historical), Thrillers, Mysteries, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Young Adult 

Non-Fiction: Business, Sports, Health, True Crime, and platform-based general interest titles 

FAQs about Diversion Books

7. Harlequin Romance

8. Hub City Press Adult

Hub City Press publishes books of literary fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, regional nonfiction, nature, and art.  Uses Submittable Software for submissions.

Hub City Press is not looking for submissions in the following categories: romance, science fiction, true crime, mystery, cookbooks, how-to books, horror/paranormal or specific-religion inspirational books. We also can no longer accept queries for poetry collections. We do not publish books for young people (YA, middle grade or children’s).

9. Joffe Books (Adult Novels)

  • Mysteries, Crime Fiction, Psychological Thrillers, Detective, Thrillers, and Suspense, are favourite genres
  • We’re not into kids books, sci-fi, non-fiction, conspiracy theories, or erotic (unless it’s amazing like Anais Nin) 

10. Kensington Publishing Corporation (Adults) Fiction and Non-Fiction. See this submission page for more information.

We are currently not accepting Children’s, Middle Grade, Young Adult or Poetry submissions.

11. NCM Publishing (Adults and Young Adult)

NCM editors are seeking tasteful provocative, intelligent fiction manuscripts in the areas of sexuality and erotica, romance, urban and street, science fiction, Christian fiction, and general interest, as well as nonfiction, and lively stories of all genres of fiction for the general population between the ages of 18 and older (as well as Young Adult fiction). 

Along with your submission, please include a book marketing and promotions plan. 

12. McFarland Books

Non-Fiction only. McFarland welcomes proposals for nonfiction manuscripts on a wide range of subjects, not limited to the following: popular culture and performing arts (especially film, television, dance, gaming), military history (especially World War II and Civil War), international studies, health topics, sports (especially baseball, boxing, American football), automotive (and planes and trains), literary studies (including both classic and genre fiction, mystery, SF, fantasy, horror), medieval studies, mythology, folklore, and women’s and gender studies. Multicontributor manuscripts and edited collections of essays are welcome. We suggest you browse our catalog to get a feel for our offerings.

13. Press 53 (Adults poetry and short stories)

Uses Submittable Software for submissions.

14. Regal Crest Non-Fiction (Adults)

Topics of interest to both alternative (GLBTQ) readers as well as mainstream readers including, but not limited to humor, popular culture, current events and politics, psychology, erotica, education, health, sports, travel, pets, biography and memoir, social issues, and history. We are also interested in anthologies and How-To books (such as writing instruction), and depending upon the approach, we may also be interested in topics in the fields of business, sociology, and religion.

15. Persea Publishing (Adult and Young Adult)

We publish literary novels and short story collections, creative nonfiction, memoir, essays, biography, literary criticism, books on contemporary issues (multicultural, feminist, LGBT), and literary and multicultural anthologies that are assigned in secondary and university classrooms.

16 Redleaf Press (Adults Caring for or Teaching Children)

Established in 1973, Redleaf Press is a leading nonprofit publisher of exceptional curriculum, management, and business resources for early childhood professionals. 

17. Science Fiction and Fantasy Publications (Adults)

18. Sky Horse Publishing (Adult Non-Fiction)

19. City Lights Press (Adult, Young Adult, New Adult)

20. Poets and Writers Small Presses Database for Poets and Writers (Adult)

Search for small publishers who publish poetry or collections of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction (memoir), etc. You can filter the genres and it will show you your choices.

 Adults and Children

21. Arthur A. Levine Books (Adults and Children)

22. August Books (Adults and Children) Adult books about storytelling and collections of folktales.

Adults  For our general trade line, we are interested in acquiring books related to folktales, stories from the oral tradition, stories from diverse cultures, scary stories and resource books about using stories or storytelling in the classroom. 

 Children For our LittleFolk children’s picture-book line, we are seeking single-story manuscripts that feature traditional folktales.

23. Dreaming Big Publications Submission Guidelines

(Calling for Submissions) Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children

24. Familius (Adults and Children)

Familius is a mission-driven company. We believe that the family is the fundamental unit of society, and all of our books reflect that in some way. Our categories include parenting, marriage, family fun, education, cooking, health and wellness, children’s books, and fiction for both adults and young adults. Basically, if your book can help us achieve our mission of helping families be happy, we want to talk to you.

25. Free Spirit Publishing (Children, Teens, Parents, Educators, Counselors)

Free Spirit Publishing publishes high-quality nonfiction books and learning materials for children, teens, parents, educators, counselors, and others who live and work with young people.

26. Sterling Publishing (Adult and Children)


27. Stone Pier Press (Adult and Children)

We’re looking for books about good food; books that inspire support for climate-friendly, agriculturally sustainable, and good-for-us eating. We tilt toward stories that feature solutions and problem-solvers. But what’s most important is that your book inspire greener eating, and be a really good read.

We’ll consider narrative nonfiction, guidebooks, memoirs, young adult novels, biographies, and children’s books. Among the books we’re developing is a handbook for the backyard carbon farmer, the intensifying hunt for a humane burger, and a funny kid’s book that kicks off a barnyard rescue series by introducing a pig named Sprig.

28. TCK Publishing (Adult and Children)

Fiction and Non-Fiction

29. Woodbine House (Adult and will consider Children) (Marketing Plan)

Mostly publishes books for parents of disabilities and special needs, but said they would look at submissions for children’s books, too.


30. Albert Whitman & Company (Children)

Picture book manuscripts for ages 2-8. Novels and chapter books for ages 8-12. Young adult novels. Nonfiction for ages 3-12 and YA. Art samples showing pictures of children.

31. Boyds Mills (Children)

Boyds Mills is the trade book division of Highlights for Children: publishes a wide range of high-quality titles for young readers—fiction and nonfiction picture books, middle grade and young teen fiction, and nonfiction novels. 

32. Calkins Creek (Children)

Division of Highlights for Children: publishes both nonfiction and historical fiction picture books and novels that introduce children to the many people, places, and events that have shaped US history. Calkins Creek titles present multiple points of view through original and extensive research, and each innovative and skillfully written book uses primary sources, such as timelines, bibliographies, historical notes, and glossaries.

33. Charlesbridge (Children)

Charlesbridge offers free activities and downloadable items:  http://www.charlesbridge.com/client/client_pages/downloadables.cfm

34. Chronicle Books (Children)


35. Dawn Publications (Children)

Dawn publishes “nature awareness” titles for children. Our picture books are intended to encourage an appreciation for nature and a respectful participation in it. We are seeking to inspire children as well as educate them. An inspired child is a motivated.

36. Dial Books For Young Readers (Children)

37. Flashlight Press (Children)

Flashlight accepts only picture books.

38. Guardian Angel Publishing (Children)

Open to submissions only from AUGUST 1, 2018 to AUGUST 31, 2018.

39. Highlights for Children (Children)

Highlights for Children Magazine, High Five Magazine, Hello Magazine, Hidden picture puzzles.

40. Holiday House (Children)

41. Ideals Children’s Books (Children)

WorthyKids/Ideals publishes fiction and nonfiction board books, novelty books, and picture books for children ages birth to 8. Subjects include inspiration/faith, patriotism, and holidays, particularly Easter and Christmas; relationships
and values; and general fiction. Board book manuscripts should be no longer than 250 words. Picture book manuscripts should be no longer than 800 words.

42. Holiday House (Children)

43. Just Us Books and Marimba Books (Black and Multi-Cultural Children’s books) 

Just Us Books is currently accepting queries for chapter books and middle reader titles only.  (May change. Check guidelines for latest.)

44. Lee & Low Books (Children of Color)

Lee & Low Books publishes books for children and young adults with a multicultural theme. All manuscripts must be aimed at children of color, with an authentic voice. They accept submissions from new authors through regular mail. They accept no email submissions.

45. Little Pickle Press (Children) Middle Grade and Young Adult

46. Onstage Publishing (Children)  chapter books, middle grade novels and young adult novels

47. Peachtree (Children)

48. Ripple Grove Press (Children) Picture Books only (Ages 2-6)


49. Sky Pony Press (Children)

50. WordSong (Children) Poetry

WordSong is the only children’s imprint in the United States specifically dedicated to poetry. WordSong titles, both picture books and novels in verse, capture the vibrant, unexpected, and emotional connections between poetry of all types and young readers. 


Charlotte Dillon has an awesome list of publishers and agents and many resources: http://www.charlottedillon.com/PubsAgents.html

Check these articles for romance publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts:

Romance Publishers

  1. Karen Fox. “(Romance) Publishers:” http://www.karenafox.com/publishers.htm (worldwide)
  2. RTBookReviews. “Seven (Romance) Publishers Now Accepting Manuscripts:” http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-daily-blog/seven-publishers-now-accepting-manuscripts

Looking for an Agent? Check out “18 Literary Agents Who Are Looking for You:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/18-literary-agents-who-are-looking-for-you/

Use Pub Subbers to get your manuscript, query, cover letter, and/or proposal in gear:
Week 1 Send manuscript off for final critique before submission. Choose publisher or agent. Print Guidelines.
Week 2 Write pitch, query, cover letter, proposal, etc. to make a good impression.
Week 3 Proof read everything. Submit this week.

May you reach all of your heart’s desires!  Good luck with all your writing endeavors and your life.

Updated November 17, 2017.

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What Are Your Writing Goals for 2013?

Writers Weave a Wonderful Tapestry with Their Lives and Their Writing

Writers Weave a Wonderful Tapestry with Their Lives and Their Writing
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“What Are Your Writing Goals for 2013?” by Joan Y. Edwards

You are a great writer. You are a professional writer. Everything you do helps promote your career as a writer. “But,” you tell me. “I haven’t written a single word all week.”

Aha. That may be true. But you have done what every writer must do. You have experienced, witnessed, or documented emotion. You keep it in your mind or on paper. You might be note how something looks, tastes, smells, feels, or sounds so that you can describe it better.  Everything you do in life helps with your writing.

It is good to set writing goals to help you achieve publication.

There are five stages to publication for writers:

Stage One – Week 4

Consistently and continuously

  1. Live
  2. Love
  3. Laugh
  4. Experience, witness, and document emotion
  5. Celebrate
  6. Network – Grow the number of people who know you and might buy or spread the word about your publications

Stage Two – Read Week 4 for more action steps.

  1. Read
  2. Study

Stage Three – Read Week 4 for more action steps.

  1. Write pitch and story
  2. Critique by individual or group; paid or exchange
  3. Edit and Revise (Do this at least three times, when it’s the best you can do, go to Stage Four – Remember when you send it out that it’s the best you can do at this particular time with this particular story with the skills and knowledge you have at the time you submit it.

Stage Four – Pub Sub 3rd Fri – Three Weeks

(Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3)

  1. Choose 3 possible markets.
  2. Study guidelines.
  3. Choose one for submission
  4. Write pitch, query or cover letter, proposal, outline, summary, synopsis
  5. Proof manuscript, query or cover letter, pitch, proposal, outline, summary, synopsis
  6. Communicate
  7. Submit according to the publisher’s guidelines

Stage Five – Read Week 4 for more action steps.

  1. Accept a contract
  2. Self Publish/Traditional Publish
  3. Sell (Market) (Network)
  4. Get Reviews

Stage One (Start Again)

Like a spider web each of these activities can be done in a different order. There might be a few you’d like to add of your own. But when you’re finished, you will have woven a beautiful design, a tapestry of part of your life dedicated to one blog post, one children’s book, one non-fiction book, etc. In a particular day, you may only do a few. On other days, you might do a bunch. Enjoy whatever stage you are going through. Celebrate where you are at every moment.

You will have a feeling of accomplishment if you make goals that you can measure. Keep a record either in your head or on paper. When it’s written down, you have proof. When you write down your goals, your subconscious mind takes note of it and leads you to your goal. You may have a few detours. However, if you keep your goals in your mind and believe in yourself and your capabilities. You will find the people, places, and things to make it happen.

For instance, last year I wrote 98 blog posts. During 2013 my goal is to write 130 blog posts.  52 weeks times 2.5 blogs a week equals 130 blogs. That will be 32 more blogs than I did in 2012.

  • Can you measure it? You don’t want a vague goal like “I will write more.”
  • Is your goal attainable? Could anyone in your shoes accomplish this goal?
  • Do you really want to do it?
  • How many words a day? a week? A month? 90 days? 6 months? A year?
  • How long will you write each day? 5 minutes? 10 minutes? 20 minutes? 1 hour?
  • What genre?
  • How many books?
  • How many magazine articles?
  • How many blog posts?
  • How many guest interviews?
  • How many submissions?
  • How many books will you read?
  • How many workshops will you attend?

This is only a guide for you.  Make you own goals. Write them down. Write down the steps you plan to take. Write it down when you take the steps. Voila! You will make it. I know it.

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Celebrate you.
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22 Goals for This Month That Will Lead You to Publication

“22 Goals for This Month That Will Lead You to Publication” by Joan Y. Edwards

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Did you meet your goals for last month? What are your plans for this month?

A surefire way to get where you want to go, is to plan a way to get there. Even with a GPS (Global Positioning System), you have to tell it where you’re going before it can give you directions on how to get there. In your mind as a writer, you must have a goal. If your goal is to get a book published by a traditional publisher, here are 22 possible sub-goals to get you to publication. Choose the ones you’d like to set for a goal. On the first of next month, check to see how well you did. Make yourself accountable. It’s okay if you don’t reach your goals. However, keep them in mind and write them down. This will stop you from resisting and knock down the walls that stop you. Set a goal you know you can meet. Chances are you will surprise yourself and do more than you ever thought was possible.

  1. Read 3 best-selling books in your genre. Studying the pros gives you clues on improvement.
  2. Read 3 blog posts that teach skills or techniques. Take notes.
  3. Read 3 books about the craft of writing. Take notes.
  4. Take a class or teach a class online or in person. Take notes.
  5. Attend a workshop or conference, either online or in person. There are many free worthwhile online conferences.
  6. Watch a webinar. There are free ones to watch. Usually, if you want a copy, you can buy it.
  7. Create a new character. Make him memorable and enticing.
  8. Write a pitch for your new story. Make sure you have an emotional tug on the heart of the reader.
  9. Write your synopsis or summary of how you think the story will go. Have dilemmas with no good choices of what to do. Three dismal disasters on the road to what the character wants. Then he changes and either meets the goal or fails miserably in the end.
  10. Using your pitch as a guide, write the new story. November 1-30 is National Novel Writing Month: http://www.nanowrimo.org/ Write 50,000 words in a month. That’s about 1,666 words a day. If that sounds overwhelming, to 750 words a day: www.750words.com. There is also Picture Book Idea Month: http://taralazar.com/ You write 30 different picture book ideas during November.
  11. Revise a story. Each time you make a full revision of the story, name it Version 1, Version 2, etc. This way you can tell how many times you’ve revised it.
  12. Get your work critiqued by a critique group, a professional editor, or by a Beta Reader, a fancy name for someone who volunteers to read and critique your whole book before it’s published.
  13. Enter a contest. There are many that are free, without reading fees or entry fees.
  14. Study the market.
  15. Write your query letter or cover letter.
  16. Revise your story synopsis or summary.
  17. Write a short biography that is suitable for the back of your book or on Amazon.
  18. Study the guidelines for the editor or agent.
  19. Submit to an editor or agent.
  20. Spend at least 5 days in the month enjoying new experiences or favorite experiences: in other words focus on and CELEBRATE LIVING.
  21. Give thanks every day for what you have and for what you’ve written. Being thankful for what you have, gives you more of what you want.
  22. Help someone do something they can’t do for themselves. What goes around, comes around.

Benefits of Being a Pubsubber – Submitting Your Manuscripts Often – at least once a month (PubSub3rdFri information on my blog)

  1. Increase your chances to get published. You’ll get more “Yes” replies.
  2. Improvement in pitches, manuscripts, queries, cover letters, proposals because you keep studying and learning. Each time you submit you get better. You get more familiar with the market.
  3. Step by step directions for getting your submissions done properly and in a timely manner: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4
  4. Encouraging blog posts to help you.

Benefits of belonging to Pubsubbers Yahoo group:

  1. Personal Cheerleaders who give encouragement in ups and downs of submissions and life
  2. Friendship of people with similar goals and interests
  3. Professional Advice
  4. Free Even-Steven Manuscript Swap sometimes happens.
  5. Accountability for goals
  6. Weekly reminders with Step-by-Step Directions for Pub Sub 3rd Fri goals: Week One, Week Two, Week Three, and Week Four
  7. Third Friday Submission is a guide, not a rule. When you’re ready, any day is a great day to submit your manuscript.

Join the Pubsubbers Yahoo group – send an email to pubsubbers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Thank you for reading my blog. It is fun to have you here with me. I hope you had fun, too.

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Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards


Nicole Thompson-Andrews Loves Pub Subbing

“Nicole Thompson-Andrews Loves Pub Subbing”

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I am a Pub Subber.

What is Pub Subbing? Pub Subbing is 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. Pub Subbers believe that submitting work often leads to publication.

I am delighted to have Nicole Thompson-Andrews with me as my guest today. She is a budding novelist and an emerging poet. She’s been a Pub Subber since 2011. She was the second person to join the Pub Subbers Yahoo group. She is our official welcomer. She is very friendly and upbeat. She has a great sense of humor. I asked her if she would do a guest blog to help entice you to Pub Sub and to join Pub Subbers to help you get closer to your publication goals.

Welcome, Nicole.

I love Pub-Subbing. It keeps me submitting, even it’s just critiques. I also like having a group with which to announce accomplishments. I love the slogan, “Never Give Up,” since it keeps me from giving up on the publishing dream.

I also like turning in critiques faster, before they’re due, and hope to start sending through original submissions.

What are your writing goals?
My writing dreams are to become a well-known author, not necessarily best-selling, but recognized.

Have you had any thing published?
I’ve had some things published in my local library, Detroit Library for the Blind’s newsletter, all published under my actual name. One of them was called, “Kudos to AMC.”

I also have book reviews on Mysterical-E Magazine,  http://www.mystericale.com/“And Never Let Her Go,” “Heart Full Of Lies,” and “Every Breath You Take” under my pen name, Mellissa Green (Budding novelist, Emerging poet.)

What are you writing about today?
I’m currently writing about my universe known as Yemora. I don’t mind writing non-Yemoran science fiction pieces. I write fantasy mystery, but set in a science fiction universe. I also have poetry in the works.   

Why do you like writing science fiction?

I’m drawn to other planets.

Why do you enjoy writing?
I enjoy the creativity of it all.   

What are books you’ve found helpful in your writing?

I just read a book on writing poetry. It’s a book written for children. The book is called, Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry by Jack Prelutsky. I also have other poetry books I need to read. I found Holly Lisle’s Create a Language Clinic helpful.

Do you have a full-time job?
I don’t have a nine-to-five job, but I’m taking correspondence courses from a school in Illinois. 

I think it’s incredible all that you do when you are blind. What are resources you use to help you get around and with your writing?

I use a text vocalizer on my computer. I do read Braille, but not enough.
I use a long white cane.
I have light perception.

Libraries are a good resource, and audio resources like podcasts, and webinars. I love writing webinars. I use JAWS for Windows software made by Freedom Scientific.com. It reads information on the computer screen using synthesized speech. Webinars that do not depend upon participants reading what’s on the screen work best for me.

Are you married? Do you have any children?
I am not married and I have no children. Going on thirty.

Name something you’ve done that most people don’t know.

I’ve got a Twitter friend with cancer, and am checking on her. My hairdresser just cut off some of my sister locks, they’re like dread locks, and I’m planning to donate them, if possible. I want to help find missing people.

What things about life intrigues you?
Writers are a fascinating bunch, so are talk show hosts.

What are your writing goals?

My goals as a writer are to complete projects on time, whether I set the deadline or someone else. I also want to start a manuscript-critiquing business. I think that’s why I’m drawn to workshops, webinars, workbooks, and instructional books.

What are your fears about writing and/or about life?

I’m afraid of not making a break-through, that I’ll slide back into the familiar role of “I don’t think I’ll meet this deadline. I’ll tweet, watch Dr. Phil or Jeremy Kyle, or do non-research web-surfing. Dr. Phil does have a research episode I plan to tape coming up, but…

What are three things you’re glad you learned early in life?

Three things I’m glad I learned early in life were:

1. how to do research, especially, about fictional detectives, Matlock and Jessica Fletch (Murder She Wrote)
2. how to write a mystery, and
3. how to write plays, even though it was only one.

Tell me 3 places you wish you’d been.

I wish I’d been to Australia, London, and Italy. I plan to go to all of these places at some point for a celebratory trip.

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Thank you, Nicole for sharing your life with me for this interview. Thanks for inspiring writers to believe in their work and Pub Sub their way to publication. I appreciate it very much. You are an inspiration to all of us.

Thanks for reading my blog. It’s fun having you here. Please leave a comment below. You can connect with Nicole personally on Twitter @greenNovelist. I know she’d love to hear from you.

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pubsubbers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Members post successes, receive weekly reminders to get manuscripts ready for submission. and celebrate each step they take toward publication.

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Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards




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