Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Chapter One: On the Path to Getting Published

I began writing a couple years ago because I love words and mysteries. Naively, I expected to get published right away and earn big bucks for turning out, in my opinion, a pretty gripping page turner.

When I deemed my Young Adult Mystery ready for print, I began querying agents to find someone to represent it. Over a period of months, my efforts yielded many no-responses and auto-rejections, some requests for more material, and a few personal, favorable comments but no offer for representation. At one point, I thought I’d snagged an agent but, to my sorrow, she bailed.

Not surprising, numerous agents cited the downturn in the economy as a reason for not taking on new writers. Now that the economy is showing some signs of recovery, I’ve decided to give publishing another shot.

I’m starting this blog as a forum for serious beginning writers to pool information about the frustrating and confusing task of finding a literary agent. It’s true that a lot of sites and books offer such advice but I’ve found many are outdated, contain erroneous information, or offer useless tips on topics such as spell-checking and repeated editing. I’m assuming that anyone who seriously expects to publish is aware of the basic fundamentals of polished writing and practices them zealously.

It’s my intention to share my querying experiences through this blog with other new authors. In turn, I hope they will share their efforts with me so that we can weed out querying tactics that don’t work and identify and promote those that do.

As I renew my attempts to get my novel published, I welcome the input of not only beginning writers but established writers, agents, editors, and teachers who can help us negotiate this seemingly hopeless phase of our writing careers.

Let’s get published!


Glenda C. Beall said...

Congrats, Pat, on your blog. Good subject and I'll pass the word to my writer friends. I'll be back.
Glenda Beall

pj2smith said...

Hey cousin; Kathy told me about you; how come we have not meet? I too am an English teacher. I also am writing 2 books! We need to chat.

Stacey said...

Wishing you the best of luck in your endeavors! There is nothing better than a well written mystery!

Nathaniel Davis said...

It's definitely a jungle out there for writers. It's nice to see that there's a forum like this fellow writers to share ideas and experiences. Keep up the blog!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Pat,
I like your comments though I am a "print on demand" or self published writer--without the time or inclination to search for an agent. I wish those who do the very best of good fortune. Celia Miles Asheville NC

Katherine said...

Hi Pat:
Have thoroughly enjoyed your three blogs and can't wait for the next one. Keep up the good work! Wishing you all the best!

Anonymous said...

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Realizing it is hard work any artist can move foward with desire, trust and faith in their own works. If they follow the right paths there will be success as you pointed out in your blogs. By the way your blogs are wonderful and so full of info. Please keep them coming. Much luck to you and your endeavors. Publish, Publish, Publish! And KEEP THE BLOGS COMING. D.

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