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Offline Margot10

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Re: How perfect does my novel have to be before submission?
« Reply #45 on: January 17, 2009, 03:17:33 PM »
Eric, like publishing in general, there are good POD publishers, and then there are those you need to RUN from.  Even some of the larger publishers dabble in POD. 

I do think the economy has affected publishing as a whole - whether it will make the Big Guys rethink some of their Victorian policies is another thing altogether.  We can only hope.  Whatever happens, I feel sure that wonderfully written books will always find a way to reach readers.  Though if change does not filter down from the top, I fear there will be fewer quality books accepted and published. Wall Mart book buyers tend to look for bargains rather than literary merit.
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Re: How perfect does my novel have to be before submission?
« Reply #46 on: January 17, 2009, 05:24:50 PM »
The problem I have with publishing these days is the stupid cliched books they put out. Oh look, it's another teen drama of a girl who wants a guy but  cannot get him to  she does all these stupid things to get the guy....

add in Lycans/Vampyre and you have a paranormal version of that story.
Pirates don't seem to get any thought these days and when they do its a girl who goes to sea and becomes a pirate. When was the last time anyone read "Treasure  Island"? now there is a freaking good book!

I guess readers want the same story, different names but the same characters.

*sigh*

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Re: How perfect does my novel have to be before submission?
« Reply #47 on: January 17, 2009, 07:09:41 PM »
GondorianPrincess, I think quality books are always in the minority. But they are out there if you look for them.  Certain publishers have a reputation for only publishing quality, and these are the publishers to look for.  Many find that writing the darned thing is the easy part.  Finding the right publisher means lots of research, and networking with fellow writers, and on writing lists. Making editorial contacts at writing conferences can get you a foot in the door.  The old saying, "It is not what you know, but whom you know," is still true today.

You mention dumb teen dramas.  Kids love them, that's why so many are published.  But you need to tell the old story in a new way.  Editors want to see an out-of-the-box take on an old theme. Don't be afraid to turn your plot upside-down and inside-out.  Writers who offer this are published.

Publishers have a current list of books ( see them listed on their websites), and they want your book to "fit" in with what is already on that list. Your book can have literary quality oozing from every page, but if it does not fit with the other books on their list, you get a rejection.  In fact, a lot of rejections are earned for this reason, not for lousy writing.

The idea is to offer the right book, to the right publisher, at the right time.  Knowing how publishers for your particular genre work, and what they need NOW, is vital.
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Re: How perfect does my novel have to be before submission?
« Reply #48 on: January 17, 2009, 07:23:36 PM »
If I wrote a Teen drama it would be a satyrical look at it. I'd title it "Another Teen Drama" *lol*

Well, that does make sense, why didn't I think of that!? Now I feel stupid.
I guess I shall start there, by finding out what sort of books the publisher likes and then go from there. Thank you, Margot10!

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Re: How perfect does my novel have to be before submission?
« Reply #49 on: January 17, 2009, 07:55:26 PM »
Hold it, GondorianPrincess.  You have to write what is in your heart and soul.  Not write to please publishers.  Once you've written your book, and feel it is ready to send out, look for a publisher who publishes your kind of story and genre.  If you write YA fantasy, with a female POV, look for publishers that publish this sort of book.

Good luck!!  Keep in touch.
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Re: How perfect does my novel have to be before submission?
« Reply #50 on: January 17, 2009, 08:45:32 PM »
That has always been my theory. I shall write whatever comes to my head and shall not feel bad aboutit. *lol*