It's a New Year, Writers. Are you Renewed and Refreshed?
Here we are at the beginning of a new year. As writers, this is the time to renew our energies, refresh our drive, and create a plan for success. I have talked to so many writers who are frustrated with the publishing industry. 'You can't get a book published unless you're already famous.' 'I have only received rejection letters, if I receive a response at all.' 'I cannot find an agent. Why won't they respond to my queries?' 'Maybe I should just self-publish.' I sympathize with your complaints. I really do.
However, as a writer myself, I can tell you that if you have a good manuscript, then you CAN get published with a REAL publishing company. I work as an editor for a publishing company that published books by new authors. It CAN happen.
So with today' blog, I hope to give some encouragement to all the writers out there who have a dream and a kick-ass manuscript. You need a plan. First off, make sure that your manuscript is in order and ready to be published. If you haven't hired a professional editor, then do it. I know it costs money, but if you're serious about you're dream, then you've got to have a manuscript that is damn near perfect.
HIRE AN EDITOR. Letting your friends, family, and co-workers read your manuscript doesn't count. HIRE A PROFESSIONAL EDITOR WHO HAS EXPERIENCE IN PUBLISHING AND KNOWS WHAT PUBLISHING COMPANIES AND AGENTS ARE LOOKING FOR IN A MANUSCRIPT.
When you're sure that your manuscript is ready, then start writing and sending out queries. Come up with a specific plan. One of the easiest things to do is to send a query to a publishing company AND an agent each day, 5 days a week. That's 10 letters a week.
Secondly, don't get frustrated and quit sending out your letters. Keep sending them. Hell, send them until January of 2014 if you have to, but don't stop.
Persistence is the key to your success. Don't give up.
I know that there are hundreds of writers who don't know where to begin in this process. Keep in mind that I can and will help you. I can help you write a query letter for $20. In addition, in January and February, I'm going to offer a customized contact list for clients for $40. This will be a list of publishing companies who accept unsolicited manuscripts and agents that accept queries in your particular genre. If you don't know where to start, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will start the journey to getting you published.
If you've already got queries written and have a list of publishing companies to contact, then GET TO IT and DON'T GIVE UP.