|You can have a love in with your book or send the damn thing out.|
Or, you could actually send it to a publisher or agent. What have you got to lose - your dignity, self-respect and confidence? But, hey you won't get published without putting your work out there.
So, you will feel defeated if you get a flurry of rejection letters, but what is defeat? It's never trying and never putting yourself in a position to fail.
Repeat after me - Defeat is never trying and never putting yourself in a position to fail.
When it comes to sending out your work, up your odds of success by -
Sticking to the word count. They've asked for the first 2 chapters or first 5, 000 words, don't send 70, 000 words.
Sending it to the right publisher. If a publisher is looking for quality, literary fiction, don't send them erotic fiction or horror. They don't want it.
Making sure your work is laid out properly. Check out the publisher's guidelines. If it says to use Times or Arial point 12, then do that. Make it double spaced, typed on one side of the paper only with wide margins in case its printed out.
Don't get fancy or wacky. No coloured paper, cut into fancy shapes or fancy paper clips. No weird gifts for publishers, like cakes or a chapter written on a piece of toast using jam (the submission was a crime novel).
Come up with one sentence that sums up what your book's about. For How KirstyGets Her Kicks, I had - A one-legged
Stick in there. The difference between a published writer and an unpublished one, is the former never gave up. I know that can be you:)