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    Separating the men from the boys

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Keith Trimm, Dec 24, 2012.

    I often wonder why some authors get published and most do not. I don't think it's because there are so many bad writers out there, it seem the competition is huge and only a little room at the top and the ones who made it are vying to stay there. What's the trick to breaking out from the pack and getting noticed? I hope it isn't sitting at a card table at the mall begging people to buy my books. I know most authors get a lot of rejections before they ever make it, and why they keep trying is beyond me, but there must be a reason why Stephen King and the rest of the big guns are where they are.

    If you've made it, please tell me how you did it.

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    There's various things to be aware of when trying to get published. New writer? Novel should be between 80-100k to get considered. An active (not action) opening done correctly catches a agent's attention more. Then, telling a story, getting it edited, and, if necessary, have a professional editor work over the manuscript. Proofread. Proofread. Proofread. Did I mention the need to proofread?

    Sit down and verbally read the final product and see if it seems awkward. Make sure your characters aren't cardboard...I could write a lengthy list of things writers need to do to even get considered. The MOST important is you have 3-4 paragraphs MAX (unless they want to read a bit more, which is their prerogative) to catch an agent's attention-so openings are deathly important. Secondly, the agent is the key to admission. Not many publishing houses will take unsolicited manuscripts.
     

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