I wanted to share some thoughts I learned about publishing over the past two years. What happened over the past two years, you ask? I was shopping our collaborative novel GUN around to publishers off and on in those years. It wasn’t an always on experience, and sometimes I felt bad about that. And sometimes I’d research a publisher, and then decide not to submit the manuscript to them, and feel bad that I hadn’t submitted, because each time the manuscript got rejected or didn’t get submitted it just drug the whole ordeal out more.
But now, looking back I can say I’m glad I was picky along the way. Sure, it drug it out a little longer, but there were some publishers I considered that just didn’t seem legit at the end of the day. Or didn’t seem like they were gonna care much about our book. Or maybe just didn’t have the right brand for our book.
So what did I learn?
It’s OK to reject publishers just as much as they reject us, the writers. Just as much as a publisher can say “You’re not the right fit for us” or “Your work just isn’t up to the level of quality we live by” or whatever, we can say the same. And believe me, there were some publishers I looked at and knew they just weren’t good enough for us.
So all of that being said, even though looking for a publisher is hard and tiresome, don’t think that they’re all for you, because they aren’t. Be just as picky and stubborn as publishers when it comes to your manuscript. It is possible to pick a bad apple off the publishing tree, so choose wisely.
NOTE: I now feel inspired to write a rejection letter for publishers. I might do that.