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“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Monday, September 28, 2015

Storming the Castle

I was asked to do a guest post for the IWSG website about submitting to a small press. Many writers seeking publication with a traditional publisher may not realize how many options are available for them beyond the Big 5.

And as I say in my post, "After many rejections, writers can feel like publishing companies are the enemy and their editors the army blocking entrance to the castle. In fact, editors want to open the castle gate and usher in the right person. Publishers don’t exist without writers and manuscripts but it needs to be a good fit."

To see the full post go here.http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/2015/09/querying-small-press.html

17 comments:

  1. It was a great post! I'm very thankful there are options outside of the big five.

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  2. I will have to check this out. And I like what you mention. It took me some time to recognize but it's better to get a "no" from someone who won't be able to truly advocate for your story than to get a "yes" from someone just interesed in looking like they have a roster of clients.

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  3. Thank you again for contributing to the IWSG site.

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  4. Hi Karen - you have a lot of experience and knowledge from all directions - so you always give us useful pointers and ideas ... cheers Hilary

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  5. You did that post? Awesome! I loved it. Great info in it.

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  6. Excellent post and can't believe people write about who would star in the book

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  7. It was a great article. Thanks. I starred it so I can look at it again when I query again. Hopefully I'll have something to query soon. *fingers crossed for productive writing*

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  8. Good post, Karen. Clear, kind and straight forward.

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  9. Nice. I'm a fan of small presses. They're life givers.

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  10. Off to check it out. You teased me good with that quote. :)

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  11. Thank you for your straight forward post. The manuscript matters and the query letter to should represent you and not just the formula.

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  12. Dear Karen, thanks so much for this informative posting on query letters and small presses as well as for the earlier posting on why e-books are not selling as well as formerly. I am getting ready to begin writing query letters to agents, asking them to represent my convent memoir. So your posting is timely for where I am right now with my writing. Thanks so much. Peace.

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  13. This is wonderful information, Karen. Thanks so much. I'm trying to finish up the revisions of my memoir about attending college with five children in tow, but family obligations keep getting in the way. This post will be very helpful when I get to the query letter stage, which I hope is very soon. Thanks again!

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  14. Hi, Karen,

    How are you? Thanks for the info. As you know FINDING the right fit is NEVER easy, but when it happens, it's magical.... Still searching for my place, but each day, we get a little further down "The yellow brick road..."

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  15. That was a great post Karen (just read it).

    I JUST heard on the news that Amazon has announced the opening of a large brick and mortar book store. Have you heard about that?

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