Publishing Is a Business

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.

Three Workshops for November

I can’t believe it’s almost November which means I’m about to teach the final workshops of the year.

If you’re thinking about writing a romance novel or just want to refresher course then this class if for you. A two week, how to write a romance novel offered through the Outreach Chapter of RWA.
http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#NOV

Maybe you’d like to finish off the year with some new synopsis writing skills, if so then my Synopsis Boot Camp is perfect for you. It’s a two week course offered through Low Country Romance Writers
http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/2017-online-courses/#NOV

And finally if you’re thinking about becoming a short story writer in 2018 then learn the tricks of the trade with this month long workshop offered through Yosemite Romance writers-
https://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/2017-class-descriptions

Hope to ‘see’ you in class.

A big thank you to all the chapters who have offered my classes this year and to all the wonderful students who have taken them. A virtual hug to you all and can’t wait to ‘see’ you again in 2018.

Want to Self Publish or Taking the NaNoWriMo Challenge?

Are you thinking about self publishing your book but not sure where to start or even if it’s for you?

Or are you taking this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge and want to get in tip top writing shape before November 1st rolls around?

I’m teaching a workshop on each topic and they both start on October 1st.

Here are the links if you’d like more info or want to register-

Online Workshops

Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo

Latest Release-Fabulously Frugal

My latest release is a step away from my writing instruction books. Some of you follow me over at my Budget Smart Girl site and know that since 2005 I’ve been blogging and writing on the topic of how to save money while living the good life.

I decided to write some books on the topic and I’ve called the series Fabulously Frugal. The first title is Eating Well Without Going Broke.

It’s published through Amazon’s KDP Select program and right now it’s available for just 99 cents.

I hope you’ll check it out.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071FRJJM5/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1496352166&sr=1-1&keywords=susan+palmquist

Been Rejected and It Hurts So Bad?

JUN TWITTER MEME Susan Palmquist

The dreaded rejection letter. The writer’s equivalent of a dear john letter.

They’re a necessary evil that goes hand in hand with being an author who’s continually writing and submitting their work.

I’ve had my share of them and once I even received two in one day. Ouch! Another time I received someone else’s rejection.

Then you get published and you think they’ll stop, but they don’t. Even when you’ve got a couple of published books under your belt, you get rejected again.

The thing I hated most about opening up an envelope and seeing dear author, this story isn’t right for us, blah, blah, blah, was not knowing what was wrong with it. Was it the plot, the characters, and was I repeating the same mistakes with each story I wrote?

When I was asked to come up with some new workshop ideas I thought back to these times. I remembered my frustration and how I wanted to know what I could do to make my story better so that rejection letters didn’t come sailing through the letterbox again.

I came up with an idea for a boot camp style workshop with a limited number of students so I can give each of them more of my time and we’ll work one on one rather than in a group setting. The My Story’s Been Rejected Now What? was born. It launches next month and the kind people at Outreach Chapter made this flyer for me to share with everyone.

If you’ve had a story recently rejected and what some help to rework it and figure out what’s wrong, this is the workshop for you.

Hope to see you in class.

Feel free to pass this along to other writers and groups!