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Writer to Writer - September 2009

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Welcome everyone - long time members, and new members alike.

Yes, the newsletter is late again.  I've been very unwell over the past couple of weeks, and just getting back on my feet.

It started as a head cold, became flu-like, then turned to a nasty lung infection.  Thankfully I'm at the tail end of it now, and

starting to do things again.

If you've been with me a while, you'll remember that last year I created several Christmas products because there had been very few new Christmas products created over the past 3-4 years.

Before I became ill, I was in the process of putting together a Halloween package for my marketing site (

What do these two things have in common?  When researching Halloween products, I discovered there are less than a dozen Halloween products available world-wide.  Can you believe that?  I sure couldn't.

With a little more than six weeks until Halloween, there's plenty of time to produce at least one Halloween product.  (Last year I produced three Christmas products in a similar time frame.)

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Moving on, if you want to join Brian McElroy's f.ree training, and haven't already registered, please do so now.  As I understand it, this will be ending soon.  Go here now to register.

If you've ever wondered what happens after you submit a novel to a publisher, wonder no more.  Judy Bagshaw has written an article that takes you through, step by step. Although Judy's article is based on romance novels, a similar approach is used for the majority of genres.

Okay, that's it from me - time to sit back and enjoy this issue.

Til next time…



p.s. Have you checked out the children's writing sub-site yet?  It's brand-new!

p.p.s.  I recently recently came across this f.ree download - 52 Ways to Improve Your Fiction.  Grab it now, before they start charging!


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Your Romance Novel:
From Submission to Publication

ŠJudy Bagshaw - All Rights Reserved


(The following article is based on my experiences with small press publishers. The process may vary from publisher to publisher.)



“…and they lived happily ever after.”


You’ve written your book, polished it through several drafts, received valuable critique from your critique group or valued beta readers. Now you’re ready to submit it to the publisher. What happens from that point?


Manuscripts are submitted to the Acquisitions Editor at your chosen publishing house. Upon receiving the manuscripts, the A.E. will do an initial sort, rejecting any manuscripts outright where authors have failed to follow the posted guidelines. Such infractions might be: failure to send in the right format; missing cover letter; no synopsis; a genre not published by the house, etc. The remaining manuscripts go to the slush pile.


The slush pile is assigned to readers, who work through and rank the manuscripts, following guidelines provided by the publisher. They make recommendations to the editor on whether a book is to be declined, or deserves a full read. Most manuscripts will be seen by more than one reader to give the fairest evaluation.


Manuscripts that make it to the full read stage are then sent to readers for this step. Readers read the entire book and give a more detailed critique of the work. They are looking at such things as: does the book live up to its initial promise? Does it have a good beginning, middle and ending? Are the character’s voices unique and distinct? Are there plot holes or logic errors?


The Acquisition editor makes the final decision on which books will get a contract. Of the hundreds of submissions typically received each month, only two or three will be given contracts. Only the best of the best will be accepted. The author is contacted regarding the contract offer, and the contract is sent. As well, the author is asked to fill out questionnaires related to marketing and the cover art.


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