Sending your finished manuscript to a publisher increases your chance of a rejection slip.
That’s right. The last thing publishers want is your full manuscript to read.
How do I know? Because publishers tell you what they want these days. Which leads me to my final tip in my series of 10 Tips to Win a Publishing Deal (find the other tips here). It is this:
#10 Follow the publisher’s pitch guidelines
Back in my journalism days, I got regular phone calls from folks pitching story ideas (bless them). There was only one kind of pitch I would NOT listen to. It went like this:
“I saw your story last week on [blank]. I have a great story about [blank]. Would you be interested?”
So, here is my answer, which is also my penultimate tip in my series about how to win a publishing deal.
Tip #9: Don’t pitch a book about something they recently published.
I know that many new authors would prefer to land a publishing deal than self-publish.
So, I’ve been writing a series for you about how to outplay the publishers and win the deal you are looking for.
Tip #5: Have a message that appeals to millions of people.
I’ve been writing a series about how to win publishing deals, which is very nice of me because I’m a big advocate of self-publishing. But if you really want a publisher, I’m providing some tips on how to win them over. There are 10 tips and you can see the full list here, and then check out tips 1#, #2, and #3 in more detail.
Which means we are up to tip #4. Be a beautiful writer.
Publishers love controversy. Otherwise, why would Andrew Bolt, conservative columnist, get column space? Certainly not on the quality of his arguments.