I’ve posted about traditional publishers the odd time—the difference between them and e-book publishers, whether to go with one, and so forth. I’d likely mentioned that I was thinking about sending out some queries. Confession (I’m becoming adept at these): I never did.
. . . Not until this past week. I felt an overwhelming urge to [finally] give it ago. See what transpires. Maybe I’ll luck in, maybe I won’t. What’s a rejection or three? I’m tough. I can handle it. <LOL>
Of course, that meant preparing three-chapter / two-chapter attachments and penning a synopsis. The former took less than five minutes; the latter took like four hours. (I’d forgotten how time-consuming those could be.)
Fortunately, I had a list of publishers to begin with thanks to a fellow blogger/author/ friend who’d sent a link to an article by Emily Harstone (thank you, Jina). “The Top 35 Publishers for New Authors” by Ms. Harstone (pen name, by the by) provides a list of publishers that have published debut books and don’t require you to have an agent.
For my genre, the list contained four publishers to approach. SourceBooks, upon checking their site, no longer accepts unsolicited (un-agented) requests. One down, three to go. Fortunately, the next three were accepting submissions and off went the emails with the extra documentation, as outlined in the guidelines.
I blinked and there was my first reply. The publisher was booked until 2022, nor did they deal with books in the middle of a series. Fair enough. Two down, two to go.
Sure, it’s discouraging. Who doesn’t want a positive “let’s sign you up” response? But it’s part of the process. As writers, we have to sport thick skins, not let our frail egos be shattered, recognize that there may be multiple rejections. (Just research how many big-name authors received rebuffs and snubs.)
Will I send out more queries? You betcha. I just need to research more publishers and off those eager inquiries will go. And I’ll keep you posted [literally].
In case you’re looking to do the same, here’s a link to that article/list: