I wrote a children’s book that is meant to be a picture book and ever since I’ve been trying to find a publisher that will accept it. I’ve even gone so far as to have it professionally edited before submissions. The feedback I got from the editor was very positive and also really helped my story come across just right. I’ve learned no matter how good you think it is there is always room for improvement. Editors really do wonderful things for writing and help you see things you may have overlooked. If your writing anything you want published and editors critique is a great idea before submission. It costs anywhere from $75 to $150.
Now onto the publishers I’ve submitted to several Canadian and US publishers hoping one of them will pick up my book for publishing. So far I’ve heard nothing back. Finding each of the publishers I submitted to was hours and hours of searching the net to find the right companies that my style would fit with. When you are looking for a publisher be very careful to read their submission guidelines carefully. After compiling a list of companies there were the query letters which had to be personally geared towards each editor I was submitting to. You should never start a query letter with “to whom it may concern” I’ve read these are not taken seriously and you want your submission taken seriously.
Now the next thing I’m going to cover is agents because I do have one agent who is very interested in working with me but wants 10% of the proceeds of any sale of my book. Are they really worth it. Well the things you have to consider are a first time author are: 1. Do I really know what I’m doing? 2. Am I going to be able to market properly to get published? 3. Is my book really good enough for publishing? I’m seriously considering the agent just because it’s so hard to break in as a first time author. Agents know the market and they can put your work out there better then you can. If you can find an agent that will work with you consider it. I’m looking at signing a 6 month contract I mean if they don’t sell it they don’t get paid and I only lose 6 months.
Now after all of this work I’m really hoping something comes of this. I’ve been writing for years and finally decided to try and get something published. I’ll let everyone know how it goes and keep you updated on the process.