Some people find this interesting, some don’t. I’d like to discuss the whole “I wrote a book, how do I get it published” deal. Every publisher has a different way of working. Some tell prospective authors to send the whole manuscript and other only want the first chapter or two.
I found a fantastic, small, e-publishing company that only wanted a blurb, synopsis, author info, and first two chapters. If they like it and want more, then they contact you, asking for the rest of the manuscript.
I thought I was fine. Most of these places take 6 to 8 weeks to respond. I was polishing up the first in my Dylan Lakewood mystery series, and figured that I should I send in the first two chapters. It would take a month or two before I hear back, in the rare case that they said yes, but I could finish up by then. Well, I sent in all my info and the first two chapters and within days I heard back that they wanted the rest of it.
What could a guy do? I got the e-mail at 5 that they wanted the rest of it, so I worked from then until midnight. They wanted a different file format, so I copied and pasted it, and it came out all wrong. Wonderful. Thanks technology, you’re the best!
At one in the morning, I had to spend an hour going through the file, fixing tabs and font sizes. Cool.
So I finally sent the right file with all the info after an entire day of working. I figured that was it and I’d never hear back from it. And then what happened a few days later? I got a contract! They loved it and decided to publish me.
So my words of wisdom are this: do not submit a manuscript unless it’s done! I had to swim, enjoy my family, watch Law and Order, and get it all done while polishing up a book. This worked out for me, yes, but in the hundred thousand cases that it doesn’t work out, you’d never hear about it.
Sadly, only success stories get published. I’d love to publish all of my unsuccessful stories. Maybe I will. That would be a great blog. Get drunk, bitch about life, publish blog, and sleep. Guaranteed success.
This has been A. E. Cross wishing you the smarts to avoid razor blade candy bars this Halloween. Yummy!