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On the Road to Getting Published for the First Time - #3

Updated on August 15, 2011

"Thanks, but at this time we aren't...."

The Road Most Travelled

To start off this update, I got a rejection from one publisher and one agent within about two hours of each other yesterday. I've read how frustrating this process is with other writers. I've read how the rejection letters/emails cut them to the bone. But, for some reason, it doesn't hurt me like that. Oh, to be sure, I'm disappointed. I would vastly prefer someone at least read my novel (which I don't believe has happened as yet). I just have this innate ability to push on no matter the circumstances. I've been like that with all obstacles in my life. Accept the consequences, make the best of it as you can, move on. I'm not quite sure why I'm like that. But, that's me. I have this almost eerie feeling this book is going to sell and sell quite well.. I try to be objective as I can about it. But, every person that has read it (started out as a blog-novel), has thoroughly enjoyed it. I guess it comes down to if you believe in yourself and your work. I happen to have confidence in both. Someone, somewhere is finally going to say, "Hey, who is this guy?" That's my belief. I am going to keep on, keeping on.

Out of everything I have learned about the publishing/writing world, the idea you better have a pretty thick skin is the one that sticks with me most. If you are easily offended, hurt or have your confidence shaken, this line of work is not for you. That's something I discovered almost immediately. Now, I have had self-publishers tell me my work is great. They have said it is a story that needs to be told. But, they have a conflict of interest in telling me such a line. They stand to make hundreds or thousands of dollars. I've discovered that self-publishing is a lose-lose situation. It is great expenditures for little in the way of actual sales. Now, I have conceded in at least one update there are certainly those who have done well in the self-publishing world. But, by what standard? Sale of a thousand books? Five-thousand? Just what is the standard of having a best seller at the self-publishing level? I've yet to see that question answered to my satisfaction.

I've also had these "writing coaches" tell me it is great. They say that and read only the first few pages that I sent. These people all tell me how they are going to see that I keep 90% of the royalties of my book. But, the fees they want are as much or more than the self-publishing firms. The publisher I menionted earlier stated they want to help first time authors. They wanted to help me by having me fork over $5,000 to them. I suspect it would have eventually been more. That is another piece of advice I wanted to share on this hub. Some self-publishers try to portray themselves as "traditional publishers." You have got to be on the watch for these people. Remember, "Money flows from the publisher to the author." If you bring that to their attention, they either make up an excuse about tough economic times or tell you it is an investment that is "refundable." Avoid these people.

In closing, some good news. I write a lot of political hubs (as those of you who follow me know). A representative from a headhunter firm noticed me here on HubPages. He liked my work (I just rant and idea why he likes that). I have been offered a job as a weekly columnist for a new social-news site that is starting up before the end of this month. The pay and benefits are far more than I could ever hope to achieve through Adsense. So, some good has come of my short time here on HubPages. I won't be making any political posts here again for the foreseeable future. But, that can be a good thing too. The audience is supposed to reach in the millions. We'll see. I'm always the skeptical sort. However, if this is true, that will give me some good exposure. Maybe someday a literary agent or editor at a publishing house will see my political posts on this new site. Maybe I'll get noticed. I see nothing but good can come of this. I will do another update on this series in about two or three weeks.


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    Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    mquee, I am still waiting for the weekly columnist job to start up. I thought it already would have by now. It would not surprise me if it never gets off the ground. The internet is full of surprises. Oh, I doubt I will ever give up trying to get published. I see no down side to trying. thanks for the encouragement!

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    mquee 7 years ago from Columbia, SC

    Congratulations on being offered the weekly columnist's job. You did get something positive out of this and you will be heard. The other thing you mentioned about not being thin skinned is that bit of being hard headed that we all have. With this in mind you will get your novel published.

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    Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    gyspy writer, I feel like it has wide scale appeal. But, I am far from objective. It should appeal to the niche of supernatural, apocalyptic types and, to a lesser extent, Christianity as well. I won't give up. I will keep trying. Someone will recognize what myself and my readers of the novel have seen. Thanks for the comment.

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    Gyspy Writer 7 years ago from Midwest

    I know it can take awhile to get published, but if you think your book has widespread appeal, then hold out for the traditional publisher. Your writing in the blog is concise, articulate, and interesting. Based on that, I am guessing your book is good, too. I chose to self-publish my first novel, The Gypsy Pall, because it is of limited appeal. I knew it would be difficult if not impossible to interest a traditional publisher in the manuscript. I don't regret self-publishing on this particular work, but all the promotion of the book falls on my shoulders. On my next novel, I will be seeking a traditional publisher because the subject matter is more universal.

    I wish you great success and luck with your journey into publishing. I do believe you must have a thick skin to endure the rejections, and a strong belief in yourself to hang onto until you get that magic acceptance letter. You can do it!

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    Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Tom, thank you so much for the kind words. Maybe the rejections have numbed me. I don't know. I just know when someone says no, I just try that much harder. Thanks again.

    Petra, I am as shocked as anyone. I don't know if this new job will work out or not. But, all I can do is try. I love to give political commentary. Now, if things work out, I'll get paid for doing it!

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    Petra Vlah 7 years ago from Los Angeles

    Congratulations on your new job as a columnist; it is great that someone discovered you so soon after you joined HP; exposure is everything and your new job will give you plenty.

    As for agents, publishers and editors, what can I say; if they treat writers as they are doing us a favor is because too many people are ready to accept little money for their hard work and some are even ready to pay to get published.

    How absurd is that? Without writers there will be no agents, no editors and no publishers.

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    Tom Cholewa 7 years ago

    You've got all the tools you need to make it in the publishing field: tenacity, talent, and the hide of a rhino. Market trends and reader tastes change, so just keep circulating your manuscript and it will eventually hit its mark. Keep in mind that Madeleine L'Engle's classic, "A Wrinkle in Time" was rejected 26 times! It was this book and Tolkien's LOR that made me want to be a writer, so keep the faith my friend. Your time is coming.

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    Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Denise, thanks much! We will see how it works out. These new sites have a way of starting up just great. Then, just fading away. Hopefully, this will be a successful turn in the road of life.

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    Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

    Wow, congrats to you. Best wishes on your next phase of this (writing) journey.

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    Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    thevoice and Sheila, thanks for the encouraging words. Will always be around HubPages in some form. This place is addictive!

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    sheila b. 7 years ago

    Best of luck, and we'll be waiting for another update.

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    thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

    terrific informative hub write read thanks