My writing friend, Donna (who was interviewed by The Muffin here) , has a new blog called, Donna's Book Pub. One of her first posts got me thinking, and I thought I would discuss it with all of you today. She posted this about a recent workshop she attended through the Saturday Writers group.
"Krista Goering is a lawyer and an agent, located in Kansas. Krista was the keynote speaker for the morning session. During her presentation, she said to send manuscripts to six editors; if a ms doesn't sell after six editors have seen it, it probably isn't going to work."
Now, I have to say that I can see the logic here. But if this were true and writers followed this rule, then I think we would have NO Harry Potter. I have heard that she sent it to seven or eight places before she got a yes. I actually heard another story from a children's author who said she actually submitted her manuscript over 20 times and received 20 rejections. Then, she started sending it back to the same companies as before, but she sent it to different editors, and she got a YES (it was a rhyming picture book, too).
So, I am going to mend what Krista Goering said. Now, I am not an agent, but I've met a lot of authors and writers and had a lot of experience with rejections myself.
I think if a manuscript has been rejected SIX times, then you should not give up on it. What you should do is REVISE it a bit. Join a critique group, or ask a friend you trust to read it over and give you some advice. Look at your cover letter. Read the current market in your genre. Then once you've worked on it a bit, send it back out. Don't give up if you believe in your work!
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