Many of you know I often spend time speaking in New York City, and while I am there I catch up with some of the industry pros.
I recently got back from one trip, and I want to share what I heard with you.
Look, guys, the outlook isn’t good.
They tell me writers are still submitting sloppy manuscripts, submitting directly to publishing houses without an agent, and breaking all the submission rules.
The people I spend time with tend to have a sense of humor, but they were not laughing about this. They were upset, not only because Sloppy Joe Submissions waste their time, but also because writers who don’t follow the rules, don’t follow the right channels, and don’t submit materials are up to Industry standards… don’t get published.
Agents and publishers are human, and they don’t like rejecting people any more than any of us do, but they’re also a little stuck.
What can you do with sloppy work that doesn’t follow the rules? They’re busy professionals. They have no choice but to reject it.
It makes me sad, too. I see so many writers who would like to be authors, but who aren’t willing to truly invest in their dream. They don’t invest in the resources to create the kind of submission that gets published.
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard this story: someone who thought they could do it on their own, Googling their way to figuring it out.
This method has a 100% result rates–for failure.
When you read my book Storytelling for Pantsers, you’ll hear me use the hockey analogy a lot. Publishing a book is the NHL of the publishing world.
Do you think players end up in the NHL because they google how to play hockey? No.
Industry experts know what’s what. They can spot a fake a million miles away.
That’s one of the major frustrations editors, publishers, and agents brought up to me on my recent trip: writers not treating them like the professionals they are, respecting their expertise.
Imagine you show up for NHL practice in figure skates. Maybe you think they’re good enough, but the industry experts will not be fooled. They have no patience for it. They’re tired of it.
Why aren’t you giving yourself the very best chance for publication by showing up on time with the right materials and the right skills?
As a writing coach, I help writers to finish manuscripts and bring them to agents and publishers everyday. I work closely with best-selling authors, publishers, editors and agents to get the most current information the writers I work with.
If you’re serious about publishing, want to get out of the slush pile, have no interest in being a sloppy joe but really want tip-top publishing for your book, let’s chat.
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