I really need to get back to writing posts ahead of time.
This week my grandson is visiting. He’s just turning 7 weeks old, so he brought his mother and aunt.
As you can imagine, the time disappeared for writing and reading. All the new notes and ideas for WIPs which my mind has been working on and my fingers have made notes on were not placed in stories.
I stumbled across what seems like a good chance at a venue for one type of my works, but have not gotten past finding the particulars to submit.
Submissions; I am very bad about them anymore.
I used to go out with them when I wrote non-fiction articles and it paid off, so why am I so bad about my non-fiction submissions?
Do/did you delay submissions? I imagine once you have a regular publisher, (like I did with a willing, buying publication for articles), it is easier; you know them, they know you, you are more confident;it also went for my poems, but this is harder for me.
I was more secure in facts and the way to put down information that is easy to understand than I am with fiction, I suppose.
I know that I have been too detailed in one short story, I truly know that. I knew it before I sent it, so go figure my reasoning…it simply wasn’t there. I know what needs to come out so I can send it out to likely publishers, but I haven’t done it. I knew that the one publication where I sent a childrens’ story did not often publish rhying stoies, (which mine did, so no shock that it wasn’t picked up, but I never sent it back oout). The rest are good stories, hopefully executed fairly well. I have surprised myself when I reread them, but I am having trouble getting into the submission gear.
I fear that things may change and I won’t get myself going again before it is too late, be it do to my health, the economy, something changes in the family, something else…
I have yet to submit a novel-length work, so please share with me your experiences.
Did you, at first, shoot for big publishers? Did you try small publishers to get a better chance? Did you try both? (I have ignored the “no simultaneous submissions” warnings for smaller pieces and non-fiction, which paid off. How would they know? Why make me wait nine months before I can try somewhere else? That is not fair.)
Did you know the publisher or someone there? Did you research publishers for a ‘good fit’?
Any general information would be encouraging to me, any info would be helpful, novel/novella-wise.
Meanwhile, I have been kicking back, more often with baby on lap! Here I have had houseguests, one whom I had never met, family in for dinner in two shifts, yet it’s been generally restful. Ben-the-Baby got to meet his uncle and cousins on this side.
Forgive my delayed answers; he’s leaving tomorrow, and I supposed, taking his mother and aunt with him again,
(although I am not completely sure about his aunt because she really seems to enjoy my cooking).