Sunday, March 28, 2010
FAQs
How did you get published?
Luck of the draw. LOL. Seriously, after I wrote my manuscript I proofed it and proofed it until it was perfect. Then I went back and proofed it some more. Once I was certain it was the best it could be I submitted it to agents and publishers. First two publishers accepted it and offered me a contract. I wasn’t comfortable negotiating contracts so fortunately two separate agents offered me representation. The rest was the divine magic of my agent.

How can I get published?
Each agent and publisher has different requirements for submission. They are so overwhelmed with piles and piles of manuscripts that they will use any reason to reject your manuscript, so make sure that you follow every rule of their submission process to the letter.

Would you read my chapter/short story/synopsis/etc.?
I would love to read each and every persons material. Unfortunately I really suck at time management and am always under a looming deadline these days. My recommendation, however, would be to join an online writing group that does critiques. There are several types out there so just surf around until you find one that is right for you. In addition, your community might have a local writers group like mine does. Many of them also offer critique services to their members.

Would you introduce me to your agent?
I could but it wouldn’t do any good. In fact, it might hurt your career rather than help it. LOL. Actually my agent rarely takes on new clients. As Senior Vice President of a large literary agency she barely has time for me. My best recommendation is to make sure your query letter, synopsis and manuscript are the best it can be. Then send it around to the list of agents you’d most like to work with. If those reject you, take their advice to heart, redo what they recommend for you to change and submit to another group of agents. If your work is good, and I’m sure it is, you will eventually find the agent that is right for you.

Where do you get your ideas?
From YOU! Seriously, I do. Every real life situation is a potential storyline to me. If I get cut off in traffic and the jerk that got his drivers license out of a gumball machine at the Dollar Store winks at me, he’s likely to be in a subsequent book. Of course my heroine will probably kick him in the golf balls and make mince meat out of him, but hey, isn’t that what heroines are for?

What if I have another question?
If you have a question you would like to see answered on my FAQ page, email me at daisy8972(at)gmail(dot)com and if I’m in a good mood and no one has cut me off in traffic that day I'll post an answer. Actually (I do say actually a lot, don’t I) I’ll probably shoot you an email with the answer AND post it, but that’s just the over achiever in me coming out. (Or the anal retentive or possibly the obsessive compulsive, but actually, you get the point).


 
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