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On the Road to Getting Published for the First Time - #4

Updated on June 20, 2011

A Classic

Continuing Onward

It's been three weeks since my last entry in this series.  I got three rejections since that last entry.  Two from publishers and one from a literary agent.  One of the publishers said something to me that set me off.  I had heard this before from an agent.  The publisher's stated reason for not accepting my query was because "diaries" don't do well in book form.  I had an agent tell me this before.  That really gets my blood to pumping when they say that.  I sent off an email to the publisher and asked if that sentiment also holds true with Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe." And, no, I am not comparing my work with that classic story I thought about "The Diary of Anne Frank."  But, that was a work of non-fiction and my story is fiction.  I can't help but wonder if publishers and agents have lost touch with the writing world at times.  Do they even read?  The agent who turned me down told me she wasn't the right agent for my kind of story.  I thought, "But, you said in your profile you took all types of fiction."   Whatever.  Funny thing about it; the writer who referred me to this agent really, really liked my story.  He is a published author of five books, two fiction and three non-fiction.  So, I know some of you are thinking, "Well, maybe your story or writing just isn't going to work through a traditional publisher."  I must confess, I have considered that possibility many times.  But, I have had two main players tell me this story is good; writers and readers. The latter is the main reason I continue on in my belief this story will sell.  I will not give up!

I have stated in the previous three entries the large number of scams that are out there targeting writers, particularly first time writers.  I have also stated that many of the publishing and literary agent scams are advertised on Google Adsense.  I have no doubt I will see some on this hub once I publish it.  One of these publishing scams sent me an unsolicited email to my primary email address that I rarely ever give out to anyone.  For revenue sharing sites, such as this, I use one of my gmail accounts.  But, somehow this scam artist found out my primary email address.  Now, I won't go into all they proposed to me.  As soon as I saw who it was from, I knew this was a scam attempt.  I'll give this "publisher" credit; they are at the top of their game in the scam artist business.  They never revealed how they got that email address (and they won't tell me how they flag alert).  The lady who sent the email had this big official title "Chief Acquiring Agent for **** Publishing."  She gave an impressive presentation, I'll give her that much.  But, I also know that once this "traditional publisher" started talking about money from me to them, it was time to let them know I was on to their little scheme.  I have not heard back from them as a result.  Nor do I expect to hear back from them.

I have yet to start my weekly column at this new "news/social networking site" that I mentioned in my last entry in this series.  I have been told they are "actively working to complete the site."  I know it would be easy to say this is another internet scam.  But, they have asked for no money and it was a representative from a headhunting firm that contacted me here on HubPages.  So, maybe by the time I make my next entry, in two or three weeks, I'll be working there and making money as a weekly columnist.  One more note before I close out this entry; the writer I mentioned above said his initial foray into trying to get his first book published resulted in him being turned down sixty-three times!  I have a long way to go before I get to that number.  But, it just goes to show what I have always thought.  If you believe in your work, if you believe in yourself, then you will succeed.


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  • mquee profile image


    8 years ago from Columbia, SC

    After you get published, you may want to publish the long and determined effort that it took to get you there. I think most writers that send in queries expect to get it done on the first or second try. That really doesn't seem to be the case the majority of the time. Here is wishing you the best and knowing you will succeed!!

  • Writer David profile imageAUTHOR

    Writer David 

    8 years ago from Mobile, AL

    sheila, thanks for the encouragement. The way I look at it, what do I have to lose by continuing to try? Nothing at all.

  • sheila b. profile image

    sheila b. 

    8 years ago

    Your saga has been interesting to follow. Glad to know you are determined, and wish you much luck.

  • Writer David profile imageAUTHOR

    Writer David 

    8 years ago from Mobile, AL

    HP, thank you very much for the encouragement! I will keep on trying no matter what!

  • H P Roychoudhury profile image

    H P Roychoudhury 

    8 years ago from Guwahati, India

    Go on with your work. You will be rewarded once if you continue with patience.

  • Writer David profile imageAUTHOR

    Writer David 

    8 years ago from Mobile, AL

    gramarye, it does get disheartening to see all the roadblocks thrown up before you. I tend to believe there has to be a better way to get published to the masses. But, regardless, I will continue to try. I've worked too hard to give up now. Thanks for your insight.

  • gramarye profile image


    8 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

    I gave up trying to publish. My opinion is that they are completely out of touch with real readers - only know what will sell to millions and not interested in readers who read all the time. I think it is a lottery - right time right place. Keep your chin up and NEVER give up. Your time has to come.


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