Two weeks ago we were discussing this topic and some of the high points were…that each publishing house has its own rules when it comes to multiple submissions. At best you should become familiar with those rules. You should also acknowledge what genres each company publishes and the types of manuscripts and proposals that pique their interest. And when researching take note of the book’s publisher as well as the agent and editor who handled the book. Lastly, In scouring your research you may find publishers who are the right for you and don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts. This is the precursor to your necessity of an agent so you will have to begin your submissions to literary agencies.

Manuscript Minutiae

What your manuscript should look like is important. But please don’t get too caught up in the specifics.

Usually, when you go onto the publisher’s or agent’s website they give you instructions under the submittal information tab. But as a submission rule, if it is printed with an easy-to-read 12-point font such as Arial or Courier and is neatly double-spaced, chances are you’ll be just fine. Be sure to place your name, book title, and page number on every page. And please whatever you do—don’t staple anything! The reason is, loose pages allow the publisher to make copies of your manuscript which is necessary since more than one person usually reads your work. However, I am finding that more publishing houses and agencies are accepting electronic submissions. Which to me is a really good thing—it saves you a trip to the post office and a little money.

The Entrepreneurial Attitude

You have to take your fear—throw it in a basket and toss it into the river of forgetfulness. As the cliche goes it’s easier said than done. But from a more positive perspective if writing is truly your passion then submitting manuscripts will become second nature to you. The thought of going through continual episodes of submission dread just takes my mind to another level of which I really don’t want to go!

Therefore it would be more befitting to wear the attitude of being a writer and a businessperson. Look at your writing as your product. And in doing so you will create the best possible one. Also, remember that however numerous your rejections—your product quality has nothing to do with it so don’t wear your feelings on your sleeve. Just simply move on to your next candidate with a more positive and determined attitude. Who knows? They just might be the right one. Remember how many rejections J. K. Rowling got before someone picked up her Harry Potter series? I believe it was 12. But look where she is today? Had she given up we never would’ve met Mr. Potter nor would she have become one of the most famous authors in the world. Part of your work is writing—being afraid is not!

Therefore, submit, submit until you hit. Until next week keep clicking those darn keys! And thank you so much for your continued readership and support. Blessings and Peace!

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