Ever since I signed a contract for my young adult novel, currently titled The Tethering, people have been asking me about how to get published. The truth is, I really don’t know all that much.
Many moons ago, I wrote a children’s book. I tried in fits and spurts to get it published, but nothing ever came of it. I don’t even know how many submissions I sent, but I never got so much as a nibble.
A few years ago, I started writing The Tethering, then called Jacob. Not because I thought Jacob was a good title, just because that’s what the book is called in my head. After I finished the manuscript about eight months ago, I started hardcore editing. I made my poor husband read the whole thing aloud to me. That took forever. I used my handy-dandy Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators book, which I found at Barnes and Noble, to research how to best submit to publishers. The book talks about everything from choosing the right people to submit to, to cover letters and Queries.
Armed with the information from my new book and other online resources, I picked a test company to submit to. I prepped all of my information and sent it in. In about ten days, I got an email back! They wanted to publish my book! It was a dream come true. Until I started to do more research about the company. Authors were saying awful things about them! About them not paying royalties and yelling at people! I was terrified! And then the contract never came in the mail. Weeks and weeks passed with my emailing them saying I hadn’t received anything and their promising they had mailed it. So, I finally emailed the editor and said thank you, but no. I was heartbroken. My dream had been so close, and then just disappeared.
So, I found more companies and submitted to them. About six weeks later, another offer came from my wonderful publisher, Entranced Publishing. And working with them has been a dream come true.
But I still don’t know if I actually know anything about the process of getting published. I feel like I just got really lucky submitting to the right editor at the right time. The stars aligned. I’m not saying I didn’t work for it. I spent a huge amount of time figuring out who to submit to and how to best do it. But the speed of it all is just a little miracle.
So please tell me, what are your publishing secrets? How do you choose who to submit to? What’s your first book contract story? Let me know in the comments, or, if you have a lot to say, email me and I would love to have guest bloggers.