New Beginnings: A writing tip to snag that elusive publishing contract.

So you’ve finished your manuscript…yay! Way to go!

No, seriously, it’s an awesome accomplishment to have poured your heart and soul onto paper (or screen), created memorable characters, and devised a plot twisting story. So kudos to you.

Maybe along the way you’ve had it critiqued, entered a few contests for feedback, and edited it to hell and back, lovingly polishing into a shiny patina.

 

Zenobia_witch***rubs hand together with an evil gleam in your eye saying, ‘muwhahahaha’***

 

(Not the visual you’d use? I write paranormal, so I tend to go with the evil witch-type visual, use whatever suits you!)

 

 

What!? You haven’t polished your manuscript yet?

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Well, do it now.

Go ahead…I’ll wait.

 

Tick, tock. Tick, tock.

 

Done?

 

Okay, good.

 

Next…research editors and agents. Find one’s who’ll be interested in your story. Stalk them. Yes, I said stalk them, but not in the creepy kind of way…just observe. Find them on their blogs,

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266px-Facebook.svg …they’re there.

Most will be posting about books they want to represent, or books they love, which is your clue as to whether you should send your baby to them or keep looking.

Done that? Good. 

 No, it’s not good, you say. Conan_Rejection_Letter (1)

 

You’ve received a gazillion rejection letters, had your hopes so high in the clouds only to fall down into the deepest of gutters.

 

*Sigh* Been there, done that.

 

 Forty two times! Yes, you heard me right…47 times, 47 hopes dashed with 47 rejection letters.

 

Every writer has been there, maybe not as many times as myself, but they’ve been there. It’s part of the business of writing. A sucky part, but a part none the less.

 

*Kathryn Stockett’s, The Help, was rejected 60 times before becoming a bestseller.

* Stephen King’s, Carrie, was rejected dozens of times.

*John Grishim’s, A Time to Kill, was rejected by a dozen publishers and 16 agents.

*Margaret Mitchell’s, Gone With the Wind, was rejected 38 times.

 

WE ARE NOT ALONE! (Yes, I’m a huge X-Files fan)

You think you’ll never sign on the elusive dotted line of the much coveted publishing contract, right? Wrong!

Put on your big girl/boy pants, take a deep breath, and listen closely.

To read the rest of this post, I’m guest blogging on Paranormal Romanitcs, so click their banner below to be taken to their website and find out how to snag that elusive publishing contract!

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