Monday, February 21, 2011

Author! Author! Read All About it!

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!
Are you ready?  Here goes...the secret to getting published is...there is no secret!  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!?!

Getting discouraged is part of the game...the game of writing.  Just know that.  But staying discouraged is not.  You've got to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and send out one more manuscript!  If it were easy everyone would be an author!  If it were easy all two dozen of my books would be in print, atop my mantel, where I would dust and worship them daily!  But it takes time - time to write and rewrite, then delete and start over!  Then it takes time to make copies and mail the manuscript and even more time waiting to hear back.   Eventually you're going to get a phone call ... someone on the other end of the line is going to say, "We want to publish your book!"  And you're going to scream and jump up and down and then you'll say, "Who is this?  Samm?  Is this you?  Is this some kind of joke?  This is SO not funny!  Who?  What?  Really?  Are you sure?"  Yep,  it will probably go something like that - you'll be filled with disbelief because after months and months of sending out manuscripts, spending a small fortune on postage, you'll hear someone tell you they LIKE what you wrote and they want to send you a contract!  It's mind-blowing!  And I've only written little things!  I can only imagine what it must be like to get a BIG book deal!  And I do - I do imagine it - and if you are a writer and want to be published, you should, too!

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

52 comments:

  1. Good Morning dear heart....and really, I never ever called you and said THAT LOL...you too funny....but great tips for publishing...and your books look terrific...and I sew agree it is not easy to get published but you can be and anyone can, I know that for a fact too. I love this book...now I did not know about that...sew I would love a copy of my own......Imagine that...I never ever have won anything to date..
    great post.. ( clarify in any giveaways)

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  2. great information my husband has a book that he has submitted to only one place and they almost accepted it but after 5 months turned around and said no. grrr maybe with this book we could find another company. popping over to your place to have a look.

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  3. Great post! I think I have a copy of that book from 1977, would love a refresher!

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  4. Thank you so much for your post! I am a young writer (and quilter!) who will eventually finish what she is trying to write, and hopefully get it published. I am so glad I found your post!

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  5. wonderful information, would love to win, and enjoyed your blog, thanks for the giveaway!

    plnewhou(at)juno(dot)com

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  6. I can't find out where to comment on your blog! Please help me!

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  7. I have looked at Wrapped in Memories over on your blog & just may have to break down & get it for my daughter. And my son is an aspiring writer, so I'd love to be able to give him an updated copy of the Writer's Market.

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  8. Wonderful post! the book looks great! thanks!

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  9. I've often wondered. I have other questions as well.. (do you draw the pictures too?). Thank you for sharing your knowledge..

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  10. Thanks for your wonderful post about your rise to "stardom". A great giveaway. Judy C

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  11. What a fun post. Drop my name in the hat.

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  12. Thanks for the chance to win this book. I'm popping over to your post now. Love it.

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  13. I love your info. The bonus for me is I have your book, "Fall Fun Quilts". I excited to feel like I have a small connection to you via that book. Keep at it!

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  14. Fun post to read! Thanks for the inspiration...my daughter has a children's book in process - I'd love to give that book to her, to help her get it published! Where can we find your books?
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. Good information. My son has hopes of publishing a book or books some day. We had no idea where to start. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

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  17. A very interesting post. I've had a short story published in a collection of short stories but the editor came to me and I didn't have to search - it was a God thing - so I had no idea how you went about it. I'm thinking we all either want to write a book or know someone who does so that book would be wonderful. blessings, marlene

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  18. You know, I agree with you about walking through a bookstore and wondering--how did some of these stupd books get published and boy, I can write way better than that.

    Last summer, I started a blog about gardening and quilting and learned that it's easier (for me) to write creatively, than it is to write technically. But I also learned that writing is all about practice too, so I think I've learned to be more concise.

    Just wish I'd studied writing in college instead of accounting, LOL.

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  19. I'm on my knees....looking up to YOU! I've had a leeetle teensy ant of a "writer" buried deep - i mean deep in my heart. Why buried? 'cause ah shucks, the wee "writer" is too embarassed to show her "face". I would love a copy of the huge "bible" you wrote of. =D

    hugz,
    annie

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  20. Wonderful post! Thanks sooo much for this - off to pay you a visit.

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  21. Hi Nan! You've combined my two favorite things here ~ quilting/sewing and the dream of writing a book worth publishing! Your books look so inviting; Wrapped in Memories is my favorite at first glance.

    And Samm's fake phone call? What a harsh, almost cruel joke! {Just kidding, Samm, I see your comment where you deny culpability! ;) }

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  22. I use to work at a book mfg. plant. There are books bout eberything. I think I read them all.

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  23. What fun to find you here, Nan! First I have to find out how to publish - and then I gotta go make scones. Whew! A full day ahead for me.

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  24. I tried to post on your blog... =( and after putting in all the info, and clicking "enter"...it flew to MARS (isn't that where all missing cyber stuff goes?)

    hugz,
    annie
    rubyslipperz106.blogspot.com

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  25. I'm in! I haven't procured the 2011 version yet. And thanks for reminding me that there are publishers for everything. :-) Sometimes I need a nudge.

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  26. This is such a great post! Very informative and I just loved reading about your success in being published. Congrats to you!

    Jennifer :)

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  27. This was great info. I am not a writer but my oldest daughter is a illustrator. She keeps telling me that to get published she needs to get a publisher to look at her work and not send it with a book because that is not how it is done. So I would think this book might be of help to her also. Thanks for the post and I am going to send my daughter a link to read it also.

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  28. This post could not have come at a better time as I'm contemplating a book with a couple of friends! Thanks for the chance!

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  29. Great entry. I agree that everyone has a book in them. We just need motivators, such as yourself, to help us along. Would love to have this book.
    Mary in Nova Scotia

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  30. Thanks for the motivation. Been thinking about writing a book for awhile but haven't... yet. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  31. What a thrilling prospect--getting published!! Thanks for the advice Nan. It has always been a dream of mine. Would love to peruse your magic book. ;) And congrats on getting yours on to the shelves!

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  32. What a great post! I have always wanted to be a childrens author. Started a book once, now where or where could it be.........

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  33. I keep getting mail for that book, but haven't never jumped off and purchased it. Thanks for the chance to win one!

    Julie

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  34. Oh, I could use a copy of that book! I have a couple of rejection letters but I also have one that expressed some interest. I checked into "self-publishing" but it's pretty pricey. Thanks for sharing your journey! And now I will journey over to your blog and leave my name there!

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  35. Hello Nan, I always love your post. You are light of heart and everything Sam says about you is true. You brighten our day, and you pour heart into it. I want to write a book. I think I have one or two in me. Thank you so much for being here. xx

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  36. I have a DD that would just die to be published!! Thanks for the chance.

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  37. Loved your post! It seems many of us in blogland have a writer in us...why else would we be blogging??..lol Love the opportunity for the book, if not for me, for my son. He's a writer-wannabe and I know this will be much help to him!

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  38. Great advice and information. Thank you sooo very much.

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  39. How did you know I have 2 books in the works and a dozen more in my mind? :)
    Heading over to your place now....!

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  40. Thanks so much for all the LOVE!!! Let me try to answer a few of your questions: No, I don't do my own art work, although I would like to - but publishers usually don't allow it - they have illustrators on staff and they like to use who they know. I was asked about using an agent on my blog, but I'm going to answer here - you don't need an agent until you're BIG...although some would disagree...I guess it's a personal choice. Also, if you're into freelance writing - Writer's Market addresses all of those questions much better than I can. I'm so glad some of you were inspired...believe me, if I can do it, so can you! xoxo, Nan

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  41. I love to have a copy to use. Thanks for the encouraging words!

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  42. Great post -- thanks for all the upbeat, positive information.

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  43. Super information about publishing! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  44. Great pep talk! Thank you! Congratulations on your books & finding your publisher.

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  45. Nan, thank you so very much for your insight! I do have a book or two in me and have been reluctant to pursue them. Maybe I'll give it a shot:)

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  46. My husband is much more an aspiring author than aspiring quilter, but I am certain he will like this post. So, I have forwarded it to him.

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  47. Congratulations Nan...always love your posts.... I would be deleting all the time...starting over....I have trouble hitting the publish button on my blog....I think I'll stick to quilting and cooking....

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  48. Thanks for sharing. It must be very exciting to get published.

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  49. Thanks for great info on publishing - & for the chance at the book bible!

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  50. You are an inspiration! Long ago, I tried, only once, to get something published. I didn't keep trying. I buried my desire deep. But after reading your post, maybe I should try again. I write little stories for my grandbabies, and make them little picture books after they have visited. Thanks for sharing. BTW, I hopped on over to your blog and read about Max. He is blessed to have you as his Grandma!

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  51. THANK YOU!!! Your comments have been amazing - and I have no doubt we'll be seeing some new books on the market in about 18 months! That's about how long it takes from contract to release - everything moves slowly in the publishing world! So, without further ado...the winner of the 2011 Writer's Market AND copies of my humble little books is:

    BILL TREADWAY!!!

    This is what Bill wrote on my blog:

    "My name's Bill & I'm EHQ- or Esteemed Husband of a Quiltaholic... who follows your blog. I keep promising to flesh out two books that are in the outline stage and she gives me the same look I give her as when she disappears into the fabric store. I'd really like to have a look at this book as I've been holding out for the motivation to finish them. It'd also be very interesting to see what kinds of books various publishers handle. One is a comprehensive money saving cook book and the other a barnyard take on human relationships- yes, my mind is a twisted place! Anyhow, please put me in the drawing for the book- Thx, bt"

    Congrats Bill! And thanks to everyone who played along! Nan

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  52. Oh, I haven't had a current Writer's Digest like this in years! I do write a lot. It just occured to me that most of it is online now...but the books are still in my head, waiting for an outlet. So many things to do and so little time. Thank you for the opportunity & thanks to Karen at Contemporary Embroidery for having a link to here!

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