October 18, 2019– Recently, I received an email from someone who submitted their work to me for consideration. There was one line in the email that hit me, “I’ll take your opinion to heart.”
I’m here to tell you NOT to take my opinion to heart when it comes to your writing. Why? Because it’s my opinion and not absolute, undisputed fact. Let’s face it, I have to send out a ton of rejection letters each month and it’s up there with being one of the worst parts of my job, but that’s the nature of the business. I find that sometimes, aspiring writers tend to get so discouraged when they get a rejection letter from a publisher that they stop writing altogether and that’s the worst thing that can happen. Yes, it’s difficult to accept that people don’t appreciate your work the way that you do, but art is subjective and writing is art. There are a hundred of reasons why your work may have been rejected and sometimes it just comes down to the House being full with upcoming projects.
Never stop writing, write the story that you want to read, and take all criticism with a grain of salt. Now, I’m not talking about being arrogant and saying that the professionals in the business have no idea what they’re saying and that you’re the greatest writer of our time and that we’re all idiots and that you’re the next Poe…(that’s a true example by the way) I’m talking about taking the criticism and doing something with it to improve your writing. A lot of times publishers don’t offer critiques and they just don’t respond at all, in that case, try and get an opinion on your story from a third party, not someone who is related to you or thinks you hung the moon. Get a beta reader group, ask an editor, or find someone that doesn’t like you, (I’m serious, they’ll tell you the truth) and have them read your manuscript and offer feedback.
Never give up. Continue to improve your craft and I promise that the magic will happen. The universe is in love with stubborn hearts.
November 13, 2018– I’m very excited to tell you that my company is expanding by the day; I have a unique opportunity, dear fellow Canadians, that I think you could be interested in! This is perfect for those who want to earn some extra Christmas Cash.
We are looking for ambassadors to join our growing team! Pandamonium Publishing House is looking for moms and dads who love to read and who believe that literacy matters. Our home based business opportunity is as easy as 1, 2, 3, and you can work as much or as little as you want.
Here’s all you have to do:
1) Send us an email inquiring about this post to email@example.com
2) We explain what we do, how the business works, and what we need from you. No multi-level marketing and you work from the comfort of your own home.
3) You decide if you want to do it and if we are a good fit for you. That’s it!
Contact us today. Pandamonium Publishing House, where reading and writing is exciting!
May 1, 2017- I get a lot of requests from authors in regards to taking a look at their manuscript, and while I’m more than happy to do so, I’ve decided to post some submission guidelines. Pandamonium Publishing House is a boutique publishing house that publishes up to ten titles a year of all types of fiction. Currently, we are at our max for the year regarding publishing but are still accepting submissions of fiction and non-fiction for all ages.
- Please send a synopsis of your work (include the ending of the book) and please make it one page only. A synopsis is a brief summary of your book.
- Please include the first five pages of your manuscript pasted into the BODY of your e-mail. I won’t open attachments unless they are from a trusted source.
- Please allow 4-12 weeks for a response from me as this allows me the much needed time to accurately address your manuscript. I will send you a response either way via e-mail so remember to include your contact information!
- Please don’t take anything personally. Sometimes I reject manuscripts for different reasons, maybe we’re at our maximum publishing quota for the year, maybe the story isn’t a great fit for our publishing house, perhaps there are too many errors within the manuscript. Whatever the reason, please don’t take it personally. Keep submitting and keep trying!
To send me a submission of your work following the guidelines above, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and include SUBMISSION in the subject line. I look forward to reading your submissions. Stay tuned for a future blog post about how to successfully get published.