Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Way to Get Published...

... is to SUBMIT!

Christy here...

And the opening line of this post is correct. As I stood by Author Amy Wallace at her booksigning yesterday, I realized this very fact. The only way to get published is to submit my work. The only way to get an agent or editor's attention is to finish that manuscript and actually mail or email it!

But please adhere to the publishing house or agent office guidelines. The agents and publishing corporations post them for a reason, you know.

I've been sitting on a manuscript with a request for a while. Though I've been considering submitting it to the requesting Agent and Editor, I've revised... Revised... Revised some more...

I have a request for 2 partials and 1 full. Well, the full isn't ready. The partial, I can deliver. I've heard of authors submitting entries to contests and even submitting to the requesting editor or agent and not having their work completed. I've also heard of them rushing to finish when the editor/agent requested the full!

What are some of the things you've done? What was the outcome? I'd love to hear the good and bad and that may help me make my decision.

And, have you submitted anything lately? We'd love to hear about it and cheer you on!


  1. Submit and don't give up!

    Best advice I ever heard was from author p.m. terrell - she said to seek a publisher first, and the agent will come later with success.

    And anyone considering self-publishing - hire a professional editor and self-publish completely on your own! DO NOT use a subsidy press!

    L. Diane Wolfe

  2. Christy,

    I ususally wait until my manuscript is at least 75% finished and then I start submitting. The pressure to finish the manuscript after it was requested was sometimes the fire and inspiration I needed to get it done.

    Now I don't mind submitting on proposal. After writing and completing 7 manuscripts, I know in my heart I can do them. Plus, since it takes me about a year to finish a manuscript, I don't want to spend a whole year working on something that no one isn't going to be interested in acquiring. That's why I send out the proposals--to see what kind of response I get. Also, once I write a proposal, I can't stand not finishing a project. I only have one manuscript I've started and not finished and that is because it was a sequel. I figured if no one wanted to buy the first book, why write the second one? Now I've sold the first one, so that scenario has changed a little.

  3. That's awesome, Jenn! You are so prolific! Thanks for your input. Soon you'll be writing 2 books a year!

  4. Christy, I would advise going ahead with the partials! Strike while the iron's hot! And then keep plugging away at the complete.


  5. Thanks Missy, I think the story is finally ready to be sent out ;)

  6. I recently submitted a full ms to a publisher. I'd had six months to work on it and had a set date to get it on by to fit in with their latest acquisition round.

    Of course, despite slaving over it and doing extensive rewrites for the last six months, as soon as I hit send, I immediately thought of even more things that I could have done to make it better. Not to mention I was so flustered that I forgot to do a final spell check before I sent it!

    What I ended up concluding was that no manuscript is never going to be perfect, there is always something that could always a a *little* better, but sometimes you just had to take a deep breath and send it away - otherwise you're never going to submit anything!

    It's the first time I've had a full request so I'll let you know how it goes :)


  7. Way to go, Kara! Good for you for submitting. You're right. Nothing is ever perfect. That's why I won't read my published books! I know I'd find a ton of things to change. :)

    Please let us know how your submission turns out!