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    I Have A Publisher For My First Novel!

    Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by Gottagocit, Nov 20, 2014.

    I haven't checked in on this board in some time but felt I had to today. Yesterday was a great day in my household! After years of writing, editing and re-editing I can finally say I have found a publisher that wants to publish my first novel. It's an incredible feeling and one that I hope many here can one day experience.

    I am supposed to have a contract within a few days to make it official. Once I do I'll come back and share more details of the novel and experience with the board if anyone cares to hear about it. For now I'll offer some tips I've learned.

    Research accepted techinques/methods for dialogue structure and format and use them.
    Develop a story that you know in your heart is a good one.
    Introduce characters who are unique and are not boring.
    Edit and re-edit and then edit some more until it is well written.
    Walk away from the work for a lengthy period of time and then edit again.
    Find relatives or friends willing to offer critical feedback about the flow of the story. Ask them if they get the gist of what you're trying to convey through your characters and the story as a whole.
    Edit some more.
    Don't give up, there are indeed traditional publishers out there that are looking for novels from first time writers but you have to find them. Don't rely simply on the web or email to find them. Go to places where they can be talked with directly such as shows, meetings with groups or other events.

    There is lots more to consider but I mainly wanted to offer hope to those who feel they'll never get published. It does happen!
     
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    Congratulations and well done!

    xx
     
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    Many congrats, Gottagocit!:)
     
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    You are an inspiration! I am so glad someone is making it! :)
     
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    That is so awesome! Congratulations!
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Awesome;)
     
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    What a great accomplishment. Congratulations!
     
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    Congrats! It makes all the hard work and graft worthwhile, onwards and upwards.
     
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    Hooray! Well done. And personally, I would love to hear more.
     
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    Congratulations! You worked through it and persevered. Well done! Let us all know about the process like we're rabid teenage girls thirsty for gossip.
     
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    Great news on the offer! Hope the contract negotiations go both well and fast. :)
     
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    Wonderful news. I look forward to reading more about your experience.
     
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    Well done! I only envy the excitement that you feel :)
     
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    Big congratulations, and I'd love to hear about the real-life publishing experience! Please tell us!
     
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    Well done! Can you elaborate a little on the other ways to meet publishers?
     
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    Congratulations! Do you know when it's scheduled for publication?
     
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    I had hoped the contract would be 'signed, sealed and delivered' quickly but as I've continued on this journey I have found there was so much I didn't know. I'll still answer the questions asked here if possible while I work through the process.

    I first met the publisher at a trade show for artist and craftsmen near where I live. The President of the small 'traditional' was visiting a table where some of their authors books were being sold. There weren't many writers at this particular show but luckily there were enough.

    After talking with him I got a card and offer to take a look at my submission after looking at their guidelines on their website. After submitting a synopsis and the first three chapters I recieved a rejection letter with a detailed description of some if the issues my manuscript had.

    For example "although a very good story and largely well written" it did need a complete cleanup to remove unprofessional words, phrases and correction of tag line placement in specific instances. It was also far too long for their preferences at 110k words.

    Like so many first writers I thought my manuscript was ready. It wasn't! I replied with a grateful response indicating how glad I was to recieve such a thoughtful and well intended response.

    After a couple days, to my surprise, the publisher wrote again asking for the complete manuscript which I imediatley sent. Luckily as I continued building the story over the years, my writing technique improved just enough to catch hie eye and after a phone call and exchange of emails, I was told they wanted to publish the book but i would have lots of work to do first. As I said in the OP it's an awesome feeling and I was prepared to do whatever was necessary to get it ready for publication.

    What I didn't realize is they want it on shelves by mid-March and I had to have it shape almost imediatley. I also didn't realize that they, at that time, didn't consider the manuscript ready for submisson, meaning I have several things I must do to get it cleaned up before a contract is signed and it can sent to their copy editors. I've been working with it feverishly since, improving the manuscript and shortening it to meet their guidelines and still have a good deal of work to do. I realize its not the typical route for a manuscript to travel but I consider myself fortunate to have found a publisher, albeit a small one, willing to take help improve my manuscript and get it ready for publishing.

    The underlying story I've written sold it, even with the sometimes amateur technique I employed to get it to paper.

    I've learned a tremendous amount about how to improve the quality of my writing and thus the readers experience. Once I've completed this experience I'll share more with anyone writing or requesting it here.

    For now I have lots of work to do and little time to do it. Sorry for any typo's but in a hurry and using an iPad so there's bound to be some here.

    Best wishes. I'll return when further along.
     
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    Okay. I'm back. The contract was wrapped up last month and I've been working through their editing phase for some time. The cover design is finished and my long awaited first novel will be released mid February!!! Can't wait to see it in print and at locationa like local bookstores and Amazon.

    I guess I'd better read up on the rules of the board to learn what I can and can't say here about my tittle and such without violating them.
     
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    This is a very heartening thread. I'm so glad this has worked out for you.
     
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    Congratulations, and thanks for sharing your story!
     

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