Getting a novel Published for the first TimePublishing a novel for the first time
Whenever I teach my creativity to write, I always take at least one lesson to discuss the nuances and screws of submission of a work. I' ll show the pupils the right script format, discuss how important it is to keep errors to a bare minimum, and so on - all the technological things that can rebound a script regardless of the paperwork.
I' m also talking about the fact that a certain supermarket could get 100 - 1,000+ unasked scripts per months, and that your script is somewhere there in that big stack. "So, if they get 500 papers a months, are there a 1 in 500 chance I'll get in? It is no wonder that new authors cannot be published.
It' s always said: "The publisher is a privately owned business, a pub. Editors and journals are not open to new authors. It' all a catch-22 situation: your chances of being published are tiny, because the only way to be published is to be published.....
And, of course, the folks who say that know it because their scripts are turned down on both sides. But there are no outside powers in the publisher industry other than the company's basic economy. They want to publishers.
Just remember: every senior author out there, all these multi-published writers, once had to sale their first novel or history. I suggest that if your script cannot find a home, the best place to look for the issue is in a tab. Again, the publisher is not a sweepstakes and there are no quotas.
Had it been a sweepstakes, the writers would throw all the scripts in a big trash can, give it a good twist and grab inside to pick out a script and say, "Here's what we're publishing this coming up! Still, it is a self-contained organization for the magnificent previously published: if it were, the fairs wouldn't even upset allowing junk scripts or even said -- why would you mind going to all this effort, time and expenses if the only ones you are publishing that you have already published are you?
Here's the truth: If your script is poorly presented -- if it's not in the correct script format, if it has five errors in the first section, if the parable is interspersed with clichés, if the letters are wood and the dialog is enforced and the action is evident, if you can't type a full phrase or if you change the time span and point of view at will -- then you have 0% likelihood of being published.
Irrespective of how often you submit the script to the professionals. Well, your thing will never go away.... because it's not good enough. Notice that many of the features I have just quoted are basic technological features that everyone can understand, such as'proper script form'. I' ve been told by the publishers that a surprisingly large proportion of the scripts that come in over the crossbar are ignored and consequently bounce off a small one.
Indeed, I say to my students: Do you want to know how to significantly raise these mythic quotas? You will then be taught how to make the right manuscripts. But on the other side, if your history is well spelled and convincing and you've done all the right things technically, I'm pretty sure it will go up for sale.
Perhaps not to the first place you sent it to, or to the second or third or 15th (because the taste of literature differs from individual to individual, and despite the rumours the writers are also people), but it will be placed somewhere. When your storyline is "pretty good but not perfect" and you've succeeded in following the right forms of manuscripts and writing them in a grammatical and correct way, it could be selling - if you meet the right publisher at the right time.
When it returns to you after twenty refusals, you may have found out why it is only "pretty good" and not "really good. "If a script I am sending out comes back declined (and some of me still do, believe me), I am much better off to believe that the cause is not the publisher, but my script and my work.
And I can fix my letter (and I have). But on the other side I might think that my letter is flawless and the dumb writer just can't see the brilliance in the pages I sent.... but the chances are good that I'm insane and just don't have a good understanding of my aptitudes.
There' s a straightforward explanation why most scripts don't sell: they are shit. Anyone would if it were easier to write belles lettres. But the right answer to the refusal is not to complain about how unjust the publisher business is; the right answer is to look at your own work and find out what you are doing badly -- because quite openly you are doing something bad.