HOW TO GET PUBLISHED EVEN IF YOU DON'T
It makes my head hurt. It's confusing, snotty, and unfriendly. The advice is sharp, uninspiring, and often times rude.
It makes me want to give up.
I've done a lot of tough tasks in my life, but my current endeavor is one of the most negative and ego deflating processes I've ever taken on. I feel as if I'm back in the eighth grade with Miss Greenfield frowning at me. She was a miserable old maid who put out the worst vibes I've ever received. She never smiled, never encouraged me. She sat erect behind her desk with her cane leaning against the wall behind her. She rarely stood up and if she did, I don't remember seeing her do it.
Miss Greenfield exemplifies my impression of the difficulties I've encountered in an attempt to get my fiction published. I've read countless pages of information on how to grab a literary agent's attention because in order to get published, most if not all companies want an agent to present your work, not you. In fact, if there's a publisher that will accept my work without first going through an agent I haven't found them.
The Writers Market is a book as thick as tire. It's published annually which means that once a year you have to purchase the new, updated version. It lists agents and publishers for every genre. Fiction, non-fiction and specialty markets targeted to those who make everything from hand puppets to balsa wood battleships. There are religious publications, atheist publications, political journals, mystery and romance publications, and professional magazines from psychology to urology. Whatever you do to make a living, whether you're a plumber or a preacher, there’s a publication just for you. There's even some for writers who aren't published looking to be published.
In order to get a literary agent, you email them a query. In it is a hook, a mini synopsis of your book, and your writer’s biography, whatever that is. It's a quick, attention grabbing piece of written art that hopefully will attract the attention of the agent who'll then be drooling to take you on as client. I've sent out several queries and haven't heard back.
My fiction writing is as good, maybe even better than what's already on the shelves in bookstores and online. However, I get the impression that why publish a new writer when the current authors are best sellers. Let them go on forever until they croak and then there might be an opening for you.
I'm open to suggestions. If you know a way to get my stuff published, let me know. I'm aware of self publishing but thank you, no. In the meantime I'll keep sending out those queries and maybe one of these days I'll get a reply. Trust me. If I do, you'll be the first to know.