Hey Gang! Glad to be back as your Post-er-du-Jour! I'm Nan from Pots and Pins, where I daily regurgitate my life with the mister, it ain't pretty but so far no one has been able to stop me!
Today I want to answer one of the questions I am asked most often, and no, it's not, "Why did you marry the mister?" Believe me, there is NO answer for that, as it's still a mystery to me! And no, it's not, "Does the mister read your blog?" Hahahaha...as if he can read! No, the question I am asked over and over again is this: How did you get published? As in, seriously? You wrote a book? Truly, you? You're an author? Well, as shocking as it may seem, it is true. I'll give you a minute to regain your composure - take all the time you need. Actually, I have written dozens of books, although only a few have been published. I know there are many of you who have a book inside you just screaming to get out! So today, I'm going to tell you the secret to getting published!
There's a Publisher for EVERY book! It true! Think about the last time you were in a book store or the library, shelf after crammed shelf full of crap...can I say that? Books on subjects that no one in their right mind would buy! Books about people not in their right mind - how do they know?! Books about dirt, glitter, celebrities, parties, cooking, cars, trucks, children, parents, aging, botox, knitting, shaving, toe-nails (yes! There is a toe-nail book!) There is a book for anything and everything you can think of, and of course, books about quilting. Here's the thing...when I tell you there is a publisher for every book, I'm telling you the truth! If you want to be published the trick is just to find the right publisher!
Writing the book is the easy part! After that comes the work - the work of finding just the right publisher for you. It helps if you have a copy of Writer's Market. It's a big fat book filled with every publishing company in the country, along with the requirements each company has for submitting manuscripts and who to submit them to. Read it and do exactly as it says. It will become your bible - your best friend - your worst nightmare! Oh wait, that's just me! Every year a new edition of this book is released, with updated information. This is what you need to find YOUR publisher. And when you get one reject postcard (not even a letter!) after another in the mail, you'll be tempted to throw the book into the trash, but don't! Just keep going, there IS a publisher out there for you! And if you doubt me, then get yourself back down to the book store and look at all the crap that get's published!!! Surely YOUR book is better than that!?!
I'm certainly not an expert in the publishing arena; I have only had a little bit of success. Just enough to spur me on! And that's what I want to do today - spur YOU on! If you've got an idea for a book, get it on paper and get to work on finding a publisher - and then let us all know so we can buy your book! To help you get started, I'm giving away a copy of the 2011 Writer's Market for one lucky wanna-be-writer who leaves me a comment here AND on My Blog.
So click on over to Pots and Pins and leave me a comment - thanks to Madame Samm, who told me leaving a comment on my blog was a bit of a chore, I have fixed that little problem and it should be easy as pie...oh, speaking of pie, you'll love the recipe I've posted today, although it's not pie - it's equally as good!
While you're doing that I'll be stuffing my mailbox with another batch of manuscripts hot off the presses/printer...I'm just one phone call away from hearing those magic words..."We want to publish your book!"
Thanks again Samm! Until next time, happy reading, writing, (cooking, baking, eating!) and quilting! xoxo, Nan