Do you keep getting rejections but you know your story and writing has merit?
One of the first lessons in becoming published is, publishing just like anything else is a business. Agents and publishing companies need to make a profit to thrive and survive.
You could have a great writing style and a good story but if it’s something that isn’t hot right now, something they’re not looking for, or maybe it’s a genre or idea that’s been done thousands of time, no matter how good a writer you are, the likely scenario is a rejection letter’s coming your way.
So how do you beat the odds?
First of all, attend conferences, read writing related publications or subscribe to their e-mail newsletters and see what’s getting published and what type of stories agents and editors are currently looking for. Even be bold enough to ask.
Does yours fit into one of those genres? If not, don’t worry, publishing trends come and go and what’s not cold today, could be hot tomorrow.
Second thing, adjust your story to fit what they’re looking for. Have a paranormal story about vampires but vampires are so yesterday? Think of a new being, something completely new that no one will say no to reading it.
Bottom line is think business before creativity and be willing to either wait it out with your great story or adjust it to the current marketplace.