When Gomer Pyle uttered those words—with a toothy (goofy) smile—it always meant something good. From his perspective. From his sergeant’s, maybe not so much. (With fondness, Mom has taken to re-watching Gomer Pyle; as such, I get to view the 60s show, too. You know, it does have its moments.)
Recently, I decided I’d send out a few queries to traditional publishers and posted about that. I also provided a link to Emily Harstone’s list of publishers accepting manuscripts sans agent. Only four were relevant to me. Haven’t yet heard back from the other two and that’s fine. Though some may disagree, I can be very patient.
But, lo and behold, I found 19 more publishers, courtesy of a link sent by the same author/blogger/friend who’d sent the first one. This second list by Ms. Harstone provides publishers specifically interested in mysteries. Woo-bleeping-hoo! How lucky can a mystery writer be?
If you’ve finished your own magnum opus and have decided to try the traditional publishing route, do some due diligence before submitting. Don’t simply check out publishers on their site to see what submission guidelines are: find out if they have a decent reputation.
As an FYI, per Wikipedia: “Due diligence is the investigation or exercise of care that a reasonable business or person is expected to take before entering into an agreement or contract with another party, or an act with a certain standard of care. It can be a legal obligation, but the term will more commonly apply to voluntary investigations.”
It’s all good when the surprise is a welcome one, but so not good when it’s an unwelcome one—like signing up with a publisher who’s not on the up-and-up. Research thoroughly, my friends. (More on “writer beware” in another post.)