Rejection doesn’t sting. It burns. Every time I get an email from a publisher containing the word “sorry,” my eyes start to well up with tears, and I’m sure it’s the end of my writing career. I’m not good enough. My writing is different from others’, and I struggle to think of a single reason … More The #1 Reason Your Novel Will Be Rejected
Don’t deny it: if you keep working on and finish your novel, and if you keep submitting it to publishers and agents, it’s going to happen. Your book will be published. You will be a novelist, for good. Unassuming strangers will see your book and flip through the pages, and if you’re lucky they’ll buy … More Getting Your First Book Deal
If you’ve finished the bulk writing and most of the editing of your novel, and if you’re starting to look at publishers and submission requirements, chances are you’ve wondered whether it would be worth it to get a literary agent. An agent could pair your book up with the right publisher and slip in a … More 5 Reasons You Need An Agent
Hello, and welcome to the final section in our three-part “Now What?” series looking at options for publication. So far we’ve covered both indie and traditional publishing, and today we’re going to look at something that’s a little different: writing contests. There are many contests out there year-round that offer publication, publicity and money as … More I’m Done! Now What?: Writing Contests
Welcome to part two of my three-part “Now What?” series focusing on different methods of publication. Part one focused on self-publishing. Part two focuses on something more traditional: the publishing house, “legitimate” publication in which a manuscript is submitted and accepted by professional publishers and editors and then printed and sold in stores.