Today we're welcoming Davee Nielson to the 90 days novel blog to reflect on her journey in the legacy publishing world.
Reflecting on the past year, it is amazing how quickly things changed, but, seemed like it took forever. So many things have happened, and it's been a great ride. I gladly take the good with the bad, because I do not learn anything without every moment.
It was a year ago that I was in the big middle of publisher rejection letters. I painstakingly scoured the internet looking for publishers, studied submission requirements, and prepared countless query letters. I personalized each query letter and every time I hit the send button, I let out a heavy sigh.
No, this is not an easy business.
But, if it was easy, would it serve our purposes?
Writing is an art form and a catharsis where we funnel our stresses and pour our deepest emotions out in the form of the written word. While we know every WIP is not a literary masterpiece, we hope it holds value.
And, it does hold value, even if only for ourselves.
Not everyone else is going to view it as an amazing, life-altering read that forever changed their lives in some phenomenal way.
In order to be successful, authors must swallow that pride and bury the ego and think of their readers and appreciate their reviews and comments--both the good and the bad. Learn from your readers-that's how we improve and provide a meaningful story for our fans. They are investing their time and money to read something we wrote, we must appreciate that.
One other piece of advice is about our "community" of writers. When we view everyone as competition and refuse to support, inspire, and even promote a fellow author, we do ourselves a grave injustice to our hopes of a successful literary career. Get on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or other social media with the intent to greet someone, promote someone ,and share anecdotes that do not include an ulterior motive or promo. You will make great friends and guess what? They will do the same for you in the future.
Back to my intro, yes, after a heartbreaking number of rejections, I captured the attention of a publisher and got a contract! Matter of fact, I've now had three contracts.
Yes, perseverance pays off, my novice career is proof of that.
Now, marketing and selling, That's a whole other blog....:) lol, but, here is a little of my experience:
I sent out over 250 review queries, requests for publicity, etc. I received less than ten replies back. Yes, I said less than ten. I sent a letter to each and every newspaper in Oklahoma (my home state in the USA) and got ONE solitary reply back. I personalized every submission query, DO NOT Bcc these things to a mass audience. You will not receive a reply. You must demonstrate you researched who you sent the query to, let them know you took the time. Yes, it will take you hours upon hours, but, the few replies you receive back will be worth it.
Nothing worth having in this life is really easy, so, you gotta roll up those sleeves and get after it.