So, as an encouragement to fellow writers here, I felt moved to share some good news. Recently, I submitted a manuscript to several major publishing agents -here in New Amsterdam. Out of 10, 2 responded. Out of two, one so far has made a Tender Offer to publish via Ingram to 25,000 US locations, as well as international distribution.
To say the least, I am elated beyond words.
So, why tell this here? Although I haven't made money off the articles themselves, Hub Pages has contributed --unknowingly-- to this event. First, it has allowed me to publicly receive literary critique by both writers and readers, in addition to the ability of honing the skill of presenting my thoughts to people worldwide. Second, it enabled media exposure (readership base/following). Third: In a Query Letter, I mentioned (and linked) to several of my articles, which were actual excerpts from the original self published version. This only assisted in helping them come to a positive decision to select the book for publication.
So, my encouragement: if you are trying to establish your writing career and get published: Believe! Everything IS possible if you believe and then act on that belief. You may not think you are a great writer or worthy to be published next to some others. But, in the end, what matters is whether or not millions of readers and hundreds of publishers all across the globe think you are!
Oh, and yes, credence where it is due: A very special THANK YOU to Hub Pages for the platform to express my thoughts and to have others enjoy them --even big shot agents and publishing groups. And an even more special thanks to those who read my articles : fellow Hubsters. Many, many thanks!
Phivo, Just be yourself, write what you know and definitely have whatever you write edited, unless you are good at it yourself. Send very clear, not too foo-foo queries. It also helps if your MM is at least 90%. most agents and publishers nowadays cannot risk people not finishing the book. This deters them. also, I hunted for agents that were interested in new writers and in my specific genre, which narrows down the "pass for now" effect.
Hi klara, Thank you. The genre is borderline practical philosophy and spirituality. I think one of the major influences in their interest is my desire (promise) to be actively involved in promoting it with them. The agent mentioned that a lot of writers are camera shy. This tends to keep the book from selling to a wider audience --which for the publisher is the end result, sales. But, I have always done well with public speaking, from the food industry to the ministries, so this shouldn't be a tough challenge ( hopefully ).
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