Fans, friends, and anyone else can use the following address to send me email:

Whether it's a comment you don't wish to post in front of everyone or a request for information, I will monitor this address and try to follow up to those indicating they wish a reply. (Please, no spam. I just want to make it easy to communicate.)

IMPORTANT - email addresses are ONLY used to respond to messages, and are NOT sold or used for any other purpose.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Road to Publishing

Getting to this point -- having an e-book published -- has been a long road. Here are some facts and statistics:

  • The Dreamer Gambit was started in 2005.
  • It has been rewritten three times, and that doesn't count numerous goings-over to edit it in between.
  • In its various forms, it was rejected (which includes agents/publishers who never responded at all) by 25 agents, and 4 publishers contacted without an agent.
  • Three agents were pitched face-to-face at a writers' convention in 2009. (I had to pay for attendance.)
  • Waiting times for rejections could be anywhere from a week to several months.
  • Prior to agents/publishers getting hip to on-line submissions, a paper submission consisting of cover letter, synopsis, first three chapters, and an SASE could cost $3 to $4 each.
I found Write Words, Inc. on a website called "Preditors and Editors" (see Favorite links, left). P&E has a TON of information about agents, publishers, contests, etc. They often provide recommendations--both for and against--to indicate where problems might arise. I strongly suggest this site for anyone looking to publish a novel.

Working with Write Words has been great. The process moved along pretty fast by my experience, and everyone on the staff has been professional, helpful, and friendly.

No comments:

Post a Comment