So you’ve written a book, first of all congratulations because that in and of itself is a major accomplishment. Writing is a difficult thing to do because you have to be very creative and of course, there are all those annoying grammatical rules you need to follow and trust me when I say, it’s a royal pain in the you-know-what.
Once you have finished writing the book it is time to have someone you know and trust read through it and check for any grammatical or spelling errors because let’s face it, spellcheck is not always accurate. This process can take a while so be sure to have some patience as it is crucial to completing a book. After this process is complete you can now start to submit to publishers and/or literary agents to see about getting your book some much-deserved representation.
This is where the entire process of being a writer gets really frustrating and even trickier. Literary agents and publishers can be really picky about who they decide to represent and/or publish. There are so many writers in the world today it’s almost impossible to stand out form the crowd and unfortunately that is exactly what they are looking for.
After all not everyone can be Anne Rice, James Patterson or Alice Seabold. In today’s market it is crucial to stand out, to make you’re writing the best it can possibly be before you decide to submit it anywhere. I am sure you’re thinking, who is she to tell us how to do this? Honestly you’re right to think that however, I have recently been signed by a publisher for my new book series and let me tell you it wasn’t an easy journey to get here.
Writers who want to see their work published somewhere other than Amazon have a long road ahead of them. You will receive a whirlwind of rejections, some will be cruel, others will be more useful but they will all sting just the same. I received an incredibly discouraging rejection letter a few days before receiving the offer from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. The letter rejecting my manuscript stated how boring my writing was and how it was clear I’d only just begun writing, the truth of it is I have been writing since I was eight-years-old. Obviously that one hurt and pushed me to the verge of giving up. However, because there is nothing else in the world I want to do I pushed forward and finally after all this time received that coveted reward of a publishing contract.
So what is the point of this article? To encourage the writers of the world to push forward no matter who rejects you or what their rejections might say. If you have a passion for writing and believe it is what you truly want to do, keep at it. Never give it and always work on your craft and you’ll find that one-day your hard work will pay off.