Helpful Hints For Authors Wishing To Submit Manuscripts
Isn’t this an exciting moment! You have just put the finishing touches to your manuscript and are now preparing to send it off to prospective publishers. How long will the wait be before some of them get back with positive feedback to you? Well, that depends a lot upon not just the preparatory work you have done in editing and fine-tuning your manuscript, but also upon the research you have done in selecting the right publishers whom you can approach with it.
You may well ask, what do publishers look for while selecting a manuscript? As we publish new age spiritual and personal growth books, audio and dvd products, we can tell you what we look for while reviewing and evaluating the manuscripts that we receive. Here are some pointers that may be of some help to you:
- Ask yourself, if the subject matter of your manuscript is one that a particular publisher would be interested in. A lot of good manuscripts get turned down because they are sent to publishers who were not interested in the subject.
- A publisher is more likely to look at a manuscript forwarded by a known Book Agent. So, it would be good idea to scout around for a good Agent. He would know what particular publishing houses would accept or reject.
- Publishers also welcome an author who can offer some kind of marketing support. This is particularly important if you have written a spiritual book or one on self-improvement and personal growth. Observe what established authors in this genre are doing. You will note that they are out there giving talks, holding workshops, spreading their message. In this manner, they are building a large following of readers and also attracting the attention of publishers.
- There are basically two kinds of writing: one that comes from the heart, and one that is purely a product of the writer’s craft. Writing that comes from the heart; a sense of deep, inner conviction, resonates with a truth that is evident and appeals to the readers. This is what separates the wheat from the chaff or, in other words, a worthy manuscript from the rank and file of ‘me-too’ clones of the currently popular themes.
- Stay focused on your readers while writing the book. Think what will interest them and hold their interest. Put yourself in their shoes and see what they would expect from the book, how it could help them.
- If you are a first-time author, you may find that smaller publishers will be more receptive to your work. Their Editors will work with you to help iron out the wrinkles in the text and fine-tune your book, so it becomes a marketable product.
- Get some objective feedback. Ask some friends or someone whose opinion you value to go through your manuscript and give their views. But, first make sure you have checked your manuscript for spelling and typo errors. If possible, get an editor to check it for grammar and punctuation.
- Finally, and this is tough enough, ask yourself, “Do I believe in my book?” If the answer is a firm “Yes!” then go ahead with it.
And, our best wishes go with you. Good luck!