I’m sure they aren’t the last of all edits, but the first round is finished. Part of me is glad and part of me wishes I had more to add. I’m sure you’re wondering why I think that.
My rough draft finished at about 99,865 words. I smiled because I had more than that. When i read, “most first time authors submitting their manuscripts over 100K are most likely turned down right off. I surely didn’t want that so in I went with machete and delete button. I cut until I was liberated about the above count. Satisfied I’d made that with ease I began the submission process.
What a lesson. First I prepared a sheet with my pitch followed by a synopsis, a short bio on me and then my marketing ideas. I made it all fit on one page. Like Dorothy in Wizard of Oz i skipped out, sending the page to a number of publishers I’d found on a list.
I waited….waited… a few weeks went by and I sent my page out to another batch of editors and publishers. I waited and waited. I knew this would be a long process. I’d heard from others it could take a year…or two…or more.
One day my husband asked me, “Rich told me you wrote a book and you’re getting it published. How is that coming along?” I was shocked. The man who has no interest in what I do or write suddenly jumps into to something he has no knowledge of.
“I am sending my pitch out to publishers.”
“Why don’t you just pay someone to publish it? After all, you get what you pay for.” This from my contractor, perfectionist husband.
“Getting published isn’t like paying a subcontractor. To be accepted in the published world as an author like John Grisham or Tom Clancy, you need to be “Chosen.” I saw the deer in the headlights look on his face. “I’m sure they just paid for a publisher to do it.”
“I can tell you they didn’t. They slugged along sending out letters, just as I am. They got luckier than I have.”
“I’m sure you can find someone who will publish it for you.”
I’m sure I could,BUT these publishers are the type who you can say you “Got what you paid for.” They are in it to make money off you. Most will ask for lots of money up front, but they don’t deliver what you’re expecting. If you want that package you will pay thousands of dollars.” He was still confused, but I just patted his arm and said, “I’m doing fine right now. If I can find a good editor and I don’t have to pay through the nose, I’ll at least get that part done.”
During the process of looking for an editor I was directed to a woman who said she might be interested in publishing my book. If lights and sirens were signs of my excitement you would have seen them all over the world. I was cautious. I sent her the same page I sent all the rest of the publishers.
A few days later I was asked to send in the first few chapters of the book. I did so. Some time later I was asked to send in the whole manuscript. I did and asked if she would send me a sample of her editing style from the first section of the book I sent in first. I received her sample editing and I was happy with what she sent. I felt she understood the craft and her suggestions were right on.
After the sample edits were received, I received a letter stating they were interested in publishing my novel. I was thrilled! I have to say we came to an agreement as they were just going to publish the e-book. My biggest demand was a paperback. I have many people who don’t use e-readers. They like holding a book in their hands. They like to gift books to their friends and loved ones. It really was my only requirement. They went to work on that.
Now that I’ve done my part for the time being and we have a great idea and sample for the cover, I’m anxious to get the rest of the process going. I don’t know what it will be, but I am ready to do what I need to do to make it happen.