publishing progress post number 1

Okay! A new series of posts shall begin today: “Publishing Progress,” wherein I detail my journey with traditional publishing.

I am actually super excited about this whole process, and eager to learn the pros and cons of following a more traditional publishing path, since I have only ever experienced self-publishing. And because I am an over-sharer, I will detail all the things I learn here on my diary-blog 🙂

Today’s Lesson: Traditional publishing is super slow (but that is not always a bad thing) First thing I learned when submitting to traditional publishers – slow down your timetable by about 500%, then slow it down even more. One of the things about Self-publishing that is really cool and at the same time really dangerous is that there is no one stopping you from publishing besides yourself. No one saying “just a minute there, buckaroo!” So if you want to write a short story on Saturday, have your friend proofread it on Sunday, create a cover for it on Monday, and publish it on Tuesday – you totally can. But that doesn’t mean you should.

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Traditional publishing involves some tedious and tortuously slow steps.

First, you have to write a synopsis and query letter. (This hellish exercise is almost reason enough to go directly to self-publishing)

Then you have to submit to a publishing house. (Immediately after hitting “send” you will have an odd feeling of just having done something great or possibly made the worst mistake ever, but it takes months to find out which one it is.)

The first publisher I subbed to took forever to get back to me. Turns out, they were having a hard time deciding what to do with my weird little MS. They liked the story I sent, but felt it needed work, and in the end passed (though they sent me the nicest personalized rejection letter and I was pretty happy with that.) It took so long to hear from them, that in the interim I had revised and reworked the story, added 6k, and sent it through two critique groups. I kind of didn’t blame them for the reject.

But that was a great lesson, for me: Slow down! Sometimes things take a while to get right, and just because a story is good doesn’t mean it is finished.

So, determined to follow the traditional publishing path despite my first rejection, I sent my new and improved MS to another publisher. This one took MUCH less time – six weeks, instead of the six months I had waited with the first. And instead of a rejection, I got an acceptance! So that was cool.

And today I signed a tax form of some kind, so I am assuming this is actually happening. I will post again, when I have another lesson to share.  ❤

 

8 thoughts on “publishing progress post number 1

  1. Woo! Congratz on the acceptance. 🙂
    It’s so cool that you’re sharing this experience, especially when some of us who are still undecided about which route to go. I’ve been flopping back and forth since submitting a bit of my manuscript for a critique by P. N. Elrod. She liked it, but said story was so offbeat that it would be difficult to find a commercial market, but I should try anyways. I’m not sure what to take from that. *head scratch*

    • Thanks!
      I think you should try, if traditional is the way you want to go. Even if you get rejected, you might get feedback that really helps. And you never know… there have been so many “offbeat” books published independently that have become commercial successes, traditional publishers might be slowly growing more receptive to new themes and genre-blending titles.
      But I’ve also been pretty happy Self-publishing, so that is a great option too.

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