on Live Write Thrive:
Like it or not, the publishing world has done a great deal of changing over the last few decades.
Not so long ago, to become a published author you’d have to snail-mail your beautiful novel to a literary agency or a publisher, then wait months and months for one of three results: an acceptance (yay!), a rejection (more common), or a no-reply (very common). This, of course, is after you’ve completed the painstaking process of actually writing the book in the first place.
The advent of email has made the above process slightly quicker and less maddening, but, to borrow from Suzanne Collins, the odds have become and less and less in your favor as a result. The ease of emailed submissions seems to have brought authors out of the woodwork. Suddenly, everybody and their mother is “writing the next best seller—you should read it when it’s published!”
WHEN, not IF. Wishful thinking: authors thrive on it.
In this author’s opinion, the overcrowding of the submissions pool is both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s good because there are so many amazing story ideas for publishers to choose from. It’s bad because there are so many amazing story ideas for publishers to choose from.
How do you make your work stand out among the thousands—nay, millions—of other submissions that are received each week? It takes the expression “needle in a haystack” to a whole other level, and, no, that’s not an exaggeration.
Well, good news: there are more options available to authors now than ever before. So, let’s dive in.