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I just wanted to be the first to say I am here if anyone needs to ask a question. My specialty is cozy mystery, but I think I read enough of the other sub genres in this list to be of assistance. smilies/banana_2.gif:Harp::guitar:smilies/banana_2.gif
I do fantasies, but I was wondering if you had any general tips on getting published. I have books written, I'm rewriting and editing the first, and I'm about to send out queries to publishers I've found in the Writer's Market who do fantasies or paranormal romances. Any tips on how not to get glanced over and thrown in the slush pile would be appreciated.
Aside from writing a DGB(darn good book), and that is the FIRST thing you have to do, then you need to edit. Seriously. Don't be afraid to cut stuff out and move it around. In my own writing, the first four paragraphs is what I call, "authorial throat-clearing" and I always cut it or move it as it oftentimes is backstory or not necessary stuff. After that, a query should be written and polished and tried out on a dozen of your best writer buds. Once we all approve your query, THEN SEND IT! And good luck. It's pretty much a crap shoot these days.
By crap shoot do you mean the market's flooded with crappy writers, or that it's flooded with good ones so it's a crap shoot to try to get published? I'm pretty sure you meant the second, but I tend to be pessimistic so I'm not sure.
I have my query under my looking for critique partner thread in the fantasy section.
Do you know how picky publishers are on length? My book's about 250,000 words, and that's after cutting out a lot and rewriting, but all the ones I've looked at say something to 125,000 words. Do they just say that so they don't get a ton of short stories, or do they really mean they don't want longer ones?
lol by crap shoot I mean it's a crap shoot at getting published. Either you have submitted something they just bought, or you submitted something they just decided they didn't want to handle, or you submitted something that they cannot sell in the current market... or ... I could go on. Just know that rejection abounds in this industry and it (94.5% of the time) is NOT you or your writing. Just remember it only takes ONE yes, and you are off and running. I cannot tell you how many times I heard that from my support group, and it is very true.
Thanks for clarifying, though I was really hoping that wasn't what you meant. I know rejection comes with trying to get published, it still sucks.
I keep thinking of that saying in National Treasure about how Edison only had to find one way to make a lightbulb; I think it applies.
Well that's good though. Keep thinking like Edison. It only takes ONE yes. You can do it!
Thanks. I keep telling myself that, but I'm not great at being patient.
How long did it take you to get published?
Thanks for offering, Kim. Right now I don't have a question, but enjoy reading your replies to questions
I'll come up with one----just not this late.
heck, it took me a good ten years... concentrated the hardest over the last four or five... it's not quantity. it's quality. remember that!