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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Writer's - Don't Feel Rejected

                                                             
I know you are already thinking 'easier said than done." but the truth is a rejection letter is not a personal attack. It simply indicates your submission is not appropriate for the market. I had an opportunity to speak with a editor about a query letter I had sent in for a book and the feedback I received was that I needed to think about HOW my book could be marketed. It should be either the 'history of' or a 'How to' book. Well, my book was more in the line of the Soup for the Soul type of books. But, I was happy to have some idea of what a publisher was looking for and marketability was a key factor.

If you are going to be a writer or have a career as a writer you should resign yourself to facing rejection now. You will live through it and you'll eventually overcome it.
                                                              
I was happy that may query letter was clear enough for the publisher to understand what I was trying to do even if it was missing their particular mark. A query letter is a brief, one-page letter used as a tool to hook an editor and get him interested in your idea. When you query a book publisher - you are attempting to get an editor interested in your idea and request your book proposal or your entire manuscript.

Keeping your query letter out of the trash requires;
Using a normal font size and typeface, such as Times New Romans and 10-12 point type
Include your name, address, phone number, e-mail and web address if possible
Use a one-inch margin on queries
Address a specific editor or agent
Limit query letter to one single spaced page
Use block paragraph format (no indentations)
Include a self-addressed stamped envelope or post card for response with post submissions (thank goodness a lot of agents and publishers will take queries by e-mail now)
Thank the editor for considering your query.

Why would I include instructions for submitting to a publisher or agent if this is about being proud of being a self published author? Well, I have found that if you can write a good query letter than you have a clear idea of how to self promote your book. Great practice. And just because you have self published a book and like doing it that way, there may come a time when you write a book that fits a particular publisher and you do not have to be an all-or-nothing writer. It is fine to submit your book to an agent or publishing house just as it is just as okay to self publish.

Both processes have the same thing in common - REJECTION
                                               
No matter how hard you work on your book or how wonderful you believe your book is; the public at large may not jump right in with their dollars to purchase your great work. Yes, self promotion never stops so rejection never stops either. Using every resource available to keep your name and book title out there in cyberspace is your best bet.

So here is yet another place for you to get your book into the eyes of other readers. I am here to try to get reviews out there for self published books and I hope it will be a successful venture. Join my face book page http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Self-Published-and-Proud-I-Wrote-It-With-You-In-Mind/362958863734051 to show your wonderful cover and to direct people to your web page or facebook page. We are in this together.

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