How To Approach A Publisher
You’ve written a book and spent months editing and revising this novel. Your beta readers are waxing poetic about how good it is. You’ve even had a few non-writing friends tell you this book is the best than the most famous authors’ work. Ah, you think, it’s now the time to find a publisher.
Okay, you’re going to find a publisher. How will you do that? Will you do an internet search and blindly send out three chapters of your book, the synopsis, and a carefully crafted cover letter to every publisher in a day of email madness? Or will you read the guidelines, study the books this publisher has on their list, and submit how and with what they asked for?
By now, you’re probably scratching your head, wondering why you’d have to do such a thing. After all, everyone knows you send a query first and if the publisher like the first three chapters, they’ll ask for a full manuscript.
Is this true? Most small traditional publishers require the full manuscript. If you are very lucky, they might give you a second chance to submit properly. Most of the time, they’ll simply say that your work isn’t what they’re looking for and you have to move on.
What you don’t do in this situation is email the publisher back to find out why they didn’t like your work. Not only is it poor form, oftentimes said publisher is left with a bad feeling that you’re too needy as an author and therefore, their decision was for the best.
Submitting a less than ready manuscript is another way to have your work declined. As in any job application, and submitting to a publisher is a job application, you must put your best foot forward. To receive a notice that your work was not accepted and email the publisher to explain that your beta readers are currently reading your work and you’ll have a better book in just a few weeks indicates you don’t care about quality.
Part of showing a publisher that you are a serious author is to ensure you always follow the rules and give them your best work. Remember, ensure you’re doing as the publisher wants to make a good impression.
About K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.
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