The first time I sent some chapters of my novel to a publisher, I received an answer which was somewhat like:
“Very interesting, please send us the rest.”
Very excited, I sent off the whole manuscript. And of course a SASE because I read on their website they wanted that as well. When I received a letter from them too thin to be my entire manuscript my heart thumped like crazy. I rushed upstairs tore open the envelope and and two copies of a publishing contract fell out.
It was difficult to stop myself from dancing around the room, but I forced myself to sit down and read the letter they sent. Here are some excerpts:
“…found it both an interesting and enjoyable read.”, “…explore the possibilities regarding sales…”, “…forecast for these were looking optimistic…”
Then came a part that confused me:
“…there were certain reservations put forward concerning the fact that this would be the work of a relatively new author…”
Well, yes, I thought, all authors were new at some point.
“… we are not able to offer you a non contributory-based contract.”
All right, I thought, no big deal. I will not mind contributing to the cost, if that means my work will be published. So I flicked through the contract to find out how much money they were talking about. I found it:
Now this might be doable for some people, but I’m a student (University) and do not have much time for a job on the side what with all the studying and writing.
So I had to say no.
Since then I have sent my manuscript to another publisher (who wanted me to pay even more). Then I had difficulty finding publishers who would accept unsolicited manuscripts. So I sent it to two different agents (the first said they thought they were too small to give me proper exposure. The other said it did not match with their other titles. I do not now if that was just their way of saying ‘we do not want it.’ )
The third agent I sent it to was much too long about answering and would not even answer e-mails, so they are ruled out.
Then I found another publisher who also ended up saying no, but at least gave me some very good comments on how to improve my manuscript. These comments gave me a great idea of how I want to change the story, but the change involved a rather major rewrite. So I put that story on hold for a while and began on another novel which I have not finished the story part of. When I’ve done editing it, I’ll send it off to some publishers.
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Updated: 20. March 2013