I’m taking the plunge and putting some work out there. Publishing is the goal for me. I’m looking for a nibble from either an agent or a publisher. I’d be happy with either, as the immediate aim is to move my work up to the next level. Let’s face facts: writers write, but authors publish.
In order to improve my chances, I recently attended a ‘how to pitch’ workshop with Writers Victoria (a really useful day!). I’ve also been reading any and all, articles and blogs from publishers, agents and other writers to glean what I can from their experiences.
As part of the process I have:
- rewritten my pitch
- prepared a nifty synopsis
- updated my author bio
- double checked my manuscript to make sure that it is at submission standard
- made a list of places to apply to
- checked their websites to determine what their individual requirements are
- found out to whom to address my inquiry (check websites, annual reports and more importantly look at the ‘acknowledgement’ sections in similar books, you’ll find the publishing team members included)
- drafted a cover letter/email
- sent off three inquiries
Results so far: Two rejections. One outstanding. Sounds like a downer. But these have been different from previous rejections. Instead of standardised emails (or nothing at all), I’m receiving personalised ones – including one with actual advice (really!).
- Keep checking and re-checking my application materials
- Apply to another set of businesses
- Remember that the rejection is not a rejection of my writing (I have enough independent feedback now to know that my writing is of industry standard)
- Monitor the feedback – it may be a case of industry folk not being able to sell my work, at this point in time
- Don’t give up!