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Browsing: Author Seeks Publisher
Maybe it’s not too late to pick up another harmless activity—knitting? Rock climbing? Blogg—oh, never mind.
Here I am, very candidly asking for your help. The stats tell me this blog receives about 1,000 visits a day. Maybe you work next door to a publisher, maybe you’ve heard of a publisher accepting non-solicited manuscripts, maybe you know an agent.
I had sent a query to this publisher last October. I knew the email wasn’t going to bring me joy but closure.
I know that despite hard work, chances of socially acceptable success are slim.
If there’s one lesson I learned over the past few years, it’s that when people offer help, you just take it.
It’s only now, as I’m querying publishers, that I realize I may have missed a crucial step in the process.
Do you know that moment when you put your iPod on shuffle mode and start questioning your taste in music? Editing your own prose feels like that.
Who am I to grow impatient with a publisher? Oh yeah, I know why. Because of Quiznos.
What happens after you send a query letter? You can either use hard data on hand to figure out if you stand a chance or create several scenarios in your head.
I bought three bamboo stalks for good luck. Then, on my way home, I realized that the woman who had sold them to me was whiter than me and could have made up the “Chinese good luck” part.
“Oh, an unsolicited query letter! Awesome, I needed something to clean up the coffee I’ve just spilled.”