Manuscript Submissions

Written by Will Baum
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Manuscript submissions can take the wind out of the sails of the most self-confident writer. A writer may believe his or her book is the greatest thing ever to come out of a typewriter (or printer). The book will change the way people will see the world. It will make them laugh and it will make them cry. They'll treat their loved ones with a new kindness and understanding after reading the book. Wars will be ended.

Then comes time for manuscript submissions. The confident masterpiece writer will soon discover that the brilliance of the manuscript is of little interest to publishing professionals. They will not take a writer's word for how fantastic the book is. They need to hear from an "expert."

Well, where does a writer find an expert? Having a friend inside publishing or who is a successful writer can help. As with any business, sometimes it's not what you know, it's who you know that counts. Say the writer gets an expert friend to get an agent or editor curious enough to say, "Send a letter," or "Send a chapter." The submission will go on a big pile of other unread submissions. It may take months to hear back. It's very possible the writer will never hear back.

Manuscript Submissions Frustrate

Manuscript submissions frustrate the calmest, coolest, and most collected of souls. Happily, there is a way to forego this entire ridiculous process. Publishing on demand put power in writers' hands. Look on the Internet for information about publishing on demand. You may never have to go through manuscript submissions again.

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