Thursday, October 11, 2012

Submitting to literary agents and book publishers--a progress report

(Eriksdale, Manitoba)

Editors, book designers, marketing agents—it’s expensive to publish a book. Successful book publishers are careful investors. So it’s not surprising that hearing about your manuscript can take a long time. And, in fact, you want it to take a long time because that means you’re still in the game. (However, pay close attention to information on the websites. Sometimes literary agents and book publishers will state that they will only responded to submissions they wish to pursue. In such cases they also state that if you don't hear from them within in a set period of time--usually about four to six weeks--then you should consider your submission rejected.)

I’ve been submitting my manuscript—A LONG WAY FROM HER—for about a year now.

Blurb:  The year is 1983. Nineteen-year-old Lyndi Wimpel has graduated from high school. It’s time for her to leave home but her mom doesn't want her to go and Lyndi doesn't think she can because she’s dyslexic. When her dad demands that she get a job, Lyndi joins a youth group. Despite her parent’s protests, Lyndi sets out on her adventure. The places she visits, the people she meets and the experiences she has shape and transforms her. And Lyndi learns that she’s capable of more than she—or her parents—ever dreamed.

Responses from literary agents and book publishers 
(The majority of the replies have been form letters)

However, a few have been more personal--and I appreciate the time and trouble it took to send them. Here are some quotes...

‘There are numerous excellent agents that might be the right fit for your manuscript. Don’t give up!’ –literary agent

‘There is no question this is a story that deserves to find its audience’ –book publisher

Each time this manuscript has bounced back to me I've taken the opportunity to re-read and revise it. I think revision and continuing to submit is key.

A LONG WAY FROM HER is currently in the slush pile of six book publishers and two literary agents. And I’m committed to continuing to submit this manuscript until it becomes a book.
Work in progress
Word count:  60,725 words
The more I work with my muse the more I get use to the little games she likes to play. For example, she hates to finish a manuscript. And so, as we grow close to the end of this manuscript she's been employ techniques of delay. Like she got this great idea for another manuscript and insisted that I set to work on it immediately. What did I do? Yup, I started the new manuscript on Thanksgiving. (Word count:  2, 392 words) 
Saturday, October 13th at 2:45 p.m. I'll be attending The Bendy Truth. This panel discussion is part of the Victoria Writers'  Festival.

I wish I could split myself in half because...
This arrived in my email inbox...

Saturday: Oct 13, 2012 . 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM\

Beyond Bickering: Digging Deep to Create Character Conflict
Location: Greater Victoria Library – Emily Carr Branch **PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION**

Interested in Becoming a Published Writer?
Join multi-published local author,  Lee McKenzie,  and learn how to create dynamic characters while strengthening your story’s plot. A handout and worksheet will be provided. Learn more about the local RWA group at our website

And coming soon
Women Writing Memoir:  for Elder (Wise) Women
with Wendy Judith Cutler
Wednesdays:  October 24th to November 14th
Learn more, here's the link

Next post:  Please welcome Knitwear Designer/Author 
Rohn Strong


Laurie Buchanan said...

Leanne - I looked at it this way: every single "no" put me that much closer to my "Yes!"

Hang in there, you're "Yes!" is just around the corner.

Author Leanne Dyck said...

: ) Thank you, Laurie. This journey is helping me to take pleasure in the process. What do you do when you're waiting? I write. And it's amazing how much improvement you can make in a brief period of time.