Dealing with Rejection from Literary Agents and PublishersOne of the most difficult aspects of becoming a successful writer if you choose the traditional publishing route–probably the most difficult– is dealing with rejection. Every writer must come to terms with it, and even the most seasoned pros, those who have no reason in the world to doubt their abilities, say that rejection and criticism still cuts them to the bone.
Source: Mike Wells Official Website: Dealing with Rejection from Literary Agents and Publishers
ReBlog – If your detail oriented like I am then you need to read this.
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Common Questions about Agents & Publishers
Q: Do I really need a literary agent?
If you are going the traditional publishing route, absolutely.
First, let me say that there is no advantage whatsoever for me, personally, to advise you to use a literary agent to represent your work. The only reason I recommend that you, as an author, have an agent is simply because that today’s environment, I sincerely believe it is in your best interest to have one.
As you probably know, many of the larger publishers will not accept submissions from unagented writers. However, even if such publishers were anxious to get their hands on manuscripts from such writers, there are several reasons that it is wise to have an agent.
Source: Mike Wells Official Website: Common Questions about Agents & Publishers
In my early days of fiction writing, the notion of “style” eluded me.
“What exactly is style?” I repeatedly asked myself. “Where does style come from? Is it something that you purposefully develop, or does it somehow manifest by itself?”
Source: Mike Wells Official Website: Developing Your Artistic Style
ReBlog – The dreaded Query Letter
Before you begin the querying process, you should answer these questions to make sure you are prepared.
● Is your book complete? Literary agents know how difficult it can be for a writer to finish a novel, especially a first novel. Querying them before you are done not only wastes their time, but yours as well (believe me, I know!)
Source: Mike Wells Official Website: 5 Steps to Landing a Good Literary Agent
ReBlog – I go back and forth with this one.
By far, the most common question other writers ask me is whether they should go the traditional publishing route (i.e., get an agent and then work with that agent to sell their book to a big publisher) or to self-publish their books like I’m doing now.
Source: Mike Wells Official Website: Should You Go the Traditional Route or Self-Publish?
Writers Beware: The Fast Yes and the Slow No
In Hollywood, screenwriters soon learn that there are two types of responses that movie producers give to a screenplay: The Fast Yes and The Slow No.
Source: Mike Wells Official Website: Writers Beware: The Fast Yes and the Slow No
If you decide to go the traditional publishing route with one or more of your books, you will need to send out query letters to agents and publishing house editors. Here are 15 common mistakes that will very likely cause your query to end up in the trash.
Source: Mike Wells Official Website: 15 Common Mistakes Found in Query Letters
One of the things that we writers are supposed to do, in order to deal with rejection, is to develop a “thick skin.”
I heard this at the very beginning of my writing career, and unfortunately, I took it at face value. I thought that somehow I could build up immunity to the pain of rejection and criticism using willpower or “mind over matter” approaches, the way it’s possible to psyche yourself into tolerating more pain at the dentist’s office.
It doesn’t work this way.
Finish reading here: Mike Wells Official Website: Developing a Thick Skin
Getting Professional Feedback on Your WritingI know how important it is for writers to get professional feedback on their work, especially in the early stages. Good feedback from pros can greatly improve your technique and storytelling style.
Source: Mike Wells Official Website: Getting Professional Feedback on Your Writing