Researching the market

One of the things a writer must do is research where he is going to submit his work. If not going the independent, self-publishing route, but going it alone without an agent, the writer will ask himself, is there a suitable traditional book publisher for me? A bad fit for an author going it alone with the aim of getting into a traditional publisher is:

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Competition is fierce

I don’t know how many times I’ve come across the statement “competition is fierce” in writers guidelines. But it’s really true. If one goes the traditional road to getting published and not the self-publishing route, the competition to get one’s work out there, published in other words, is extremely fierce. This may be the reason why one’s work doesn’t get published, but you have gone as far as doing your homework in every aspect. The work is still rejected. As long as you know you’ve fitted the requirements and then some more, I think the reason for one’s rejection is simply, once again, that competition is fierce.

The last word on it

Yesterday I wanted to try something different, in terms of submitting to a publisher, who has accepted two, but also rejected quite a few other submissions of mine. But I recalled today that the publisher had told me a little while ago that they wanted submissions based on the harder passages. Only those passages. Let me keep on going with that then…