Sunday, March 18, 2012
Taking The Plunge Pt. 2:)
After you've researched and decided to submit your baby, a little bit of luck is involved. You hope and pray that
-Whomever opens up your file 'Loves' what s/he reads in the first few pages and immediately offers the contract;
-Your baby's premise is so unique, the AE immediately contacts you for the entire MS;
-Your MS reads like a 'breath of fresh air' in a saturated market, either by the fresh twist or new concept altogether.
Newbe writers have asked me about my cover letter and synopsis. My first four submissions were a simple 'Hi, here is my submission....followed by blurb and attached MS; a 'whine-fest' on a chat loop and someone wanting to read it and offer their advice (I NEVER expected a contract right away!); and two more 'Here is my blurb and MS...'
In other words, I skipped over the traditional cover letter and synopsis and got lucky. That doesn't count the years (and postage!) I spent on mailing queries to NY for ten years, or the phone bill I ran up talking to my (now fraudulent) agent.
I also believe in Divine Timing. From 2009-2010, I had two published books. In 2011, three more were released. This year, I've already had two released, with three more expected by the end of the year. To quote Dakota waaaayyy back in 2008, this will be My Year:) And I've enough wips to keep me going until at least 2017.
How about you?