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National Word Nerd Day: Celebrates Logophiles and Sesquipedalians for their Love of Words

Some people love having a word-of-the-day calendar on their desks. Others spend their free time reading a newspaper, writing and/or editing a manuscript obsessively, doing word searches or filling out crossword puzzles. But despite what you might think, those people are NOT word nerds. Well, not officially. National Word Nerd Day celebrates writers, editors and ahem. . . , all the “Grammar-Nazis” in the world. Cheers! Salut!

 

Why Many Editors Love National Word Nerd Day

On January 9th, of every year, prepare for an invasion of word nerds. National Word Nerd Day celebrates all the editors and wannabe editors who’ve made it their jobs to scrutinize words down to the letter; either officially or unofficially.

I’m not an editor by profession, but editing is part of my job as a writer. I’ve spent months writing a manuscript. Countless hours editing and killing off words, paragraphs and even characters. Then, in just a matter of a few minutes, I’ve decided not to publish a manuscript, trash the whole story and start over from scratch. Gone. Kaput. Blah.  Just another day in the life of a freelance writer.

But in less extreme cases, there are word nerds like me who just can’t let even one tiny grammar and punctuation error go unnoticed. Sorry, we can’t help it. We have to feed our unique attention to detail and perhaps, a little case of undiagnosed O.C.D.

As an aside, the whole time I’m writing this post, I can’t stop thinking about how my errors are probably in it. Touché! Word nerds, if you find any errors. . . be gentle? But please, be true to yourselves too. In celebration of National Word Nerd Day, feel free to share all your corrections with me in the comments below. (This should be interesting. . . yikes!)

 

Logophiles and Sesquipedalians are Word Nerds Too

My built-in autocorrect is going nuts on this post! I can hear it screaming at me. Are you sure that’s a word? Is that really what you wanted to write? Ok, then. I’m out of ideas. You’re on your own.

So, what happens if you don’t really qualify as a word nerd, but you want a weird holiday too? Well, you’re in luck. There’s a title for you too! In honor of National Word Nerd Day, I have an extra special knowledge treat for you.

Did you know that logophilia is the love of words?

I don’t know how logophilia isn’t already in my WordPress dictionary, but it is now. Add to dictionary. Done. That’s right. Logophiles love words. They have an emotional connection with words.  Are you one of those people?  Since you’re reading this post by a no-name blogger, I’m betting so.  Or, you’re just bored?

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Sesquipedalians love long words, among other things.  Not just any word but long words like supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, which actually means “extraordinarily good or wonderful”.  Did you know that?

To all the Sesquipedalians reading this post, brace yourselves!  Here’s another treat for you!

 

 

What’s the longest word in the English dictionary?

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, otherwise known as silicosis, refers to a lung disease caused by inhaling too much mineral dust.  And with that, it’s official.  I will never study medicine.

But if there’s an official word to describe the sound of a person vomiting or sharting in one’s pants, I’m fairly certain that pronouncing pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis while holding your tongue comes very close to it.  Sorry for all those mental pictures, but have you ever tried to use pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis in a sentence?  Me neither, so I wanted to make my first try memorable and use it as much as possible.

So there’s the skinny on National Word Nerd Day, which is now officially on my calendar.  Is it on yours yet?

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I hope you learned something interesting from this post because I certainly did.  For starters, I think I’ll stick with writing and maybe even buy a Scrabble game or a new book of word searches.  Ciao!

 


D. M. Stephenson
A Day in the Life of a Freelance Writer

A Day in the Life of a Freelance Writer

I haven’t blogged in a while because I’ve been busy with a special writing project.  But I wanted to explain how I became a professional freelance writer.

Freelance Writers are Both Self Employed and Unemployed

I wish I had better news for anyone who’s thinking about becoming a freelance writer, but I don’t.  In this industry, there’s a fine line between being self-employed and unemployed.  There’s really no way to know how business will pan out for you from day to day.  All you can do is keep writing, keep sharing your work, keep building a list of satisfied clients, and keep gaining more experience.  Keep on, keeping on!  Eventually, all your hard work will pay off.

As a freelance writer, you’ll learn to accept any and every job offer that comes your way.  You don’t have a lot of room to be picky.  You can negotiate your price, but be sure not to talk yourself right out of a job.  You may even have to market yourself as a creative AND business writer to start gaining experience.  Do whatever you have to do to start promoting your brand, which is YOU.

Why Working for a Content Mill is Great Writing Experience

Over the past 25 years, I’ve written poetry, music lyrics, full-length novellas, niche articles, corporate mission statements, legal correspondence, and everything in between.  But in 2012, I decided to start writing professionally, while still working a fulltime job.

First, I joined an online content mill, then I applied for every writing job I could find.  At first, I received a lot of rejection.  But I didn’t let all the rejection get me down.  I knew I didn’t have the experience or credentials I needed to vouch for my writing abilities.

So, I decided to prove myself in another way.

I staA Day in the Life of a Freelance Writerrted building a writing portfolio and sharing my work with the world.  I started my first blog, Lyrical Gypsy, and I used all the rejection as motivation to promote myself as a brand even more.

I had to teach myself HTML, SEO, WordPress and social media marketing.  Then, I read countless blogs and articles about the English language, grammar and punctuation, even though English is my native language.

Then one day, a client on the content mill gave me a chance to prove myself as a freelance writer.

For my first professional writing assignment, I wrote an opinionated article for an e-magazine.  My client was a college professor, which felt so intimidating.   But once I received her positive feedback, I felt over the moon.  I haven’t stopped writing since.  I haven’t worked with this content mill in over a year, but I still have a 4.9 rating and rave reviews from my past clients.

My second job was writing an article for an online fashion magazine called, Lone Wolf.  I applied for the writing job because I loved the company’s slogan.

“Where fashion meets the philosophy of life.” ~ Lone Wolf Magazine

 

What Am I Working on Now?

One problem every freelance writer will face is time management.

Currently, I’m working on a few romance novellas for submission to Carina Press.  I have two completed novellas: Creative Juices and Partners in Crime, which are currently looking for a publisher, and I’m working on two short, erotic romances right now.

>> Read my blog about receiving my first rejection letter here <<

While I’m writing these full-length books, I’m not making any money through freelance work.  Occasionally, I have to stop working on the books, which is my passion, and go back to doing more freelance work. Some projects pay great.  Others, I know, are merely stepping stones and experience to add to my writing portfolio.

I don’t like being creative for pay nearly as much as being creative because I’m creative.  But unfortunately, as a freelance writer, there’s no way to guarantee a basic wage, and you’re not immune to paying bills like everyone else.

Today, I write all day – literally all day.  Then, I drive for Lyft at night.  I also do affiliate marketing by managing five blogs and sometimes, I give tarot card readings for an online esoteric site.

But my point is, I NEVER stopped writing.  Even when I’m out on the road driving for Lyft or working in the spiritual advice realm, I’m still writing or studying literature.

Take a look at my Lyft Lady Blog, to read some of the stories from my adventures.

Or, visit my newest blog, Inquiring Minds Unite , which is an #ownvoices social blog filled with various topics.

Featured photo:  Pixabay, Stockvault freebie

D. M. Stephenson
"Like a Drug" © 2007, Music Lyrics

“Like a Drug” © 2007, Music Lyrics

Always in your blood

Can’t give up what you love

It’s like a drug

You lose control

 

Like a speed freak

He can barely speak

Crashing through every note,

He goes…

 

Lovin’ every minute

Every note that’s in it

A story and song

From his soul

 

Takes him by surprise

When he realizes

It’s not him…

Who’s in control

CHORUS

Gripping and ripping

Music tears through his veins

His hands bleed

But he feels no pain

 

He lets the music take over

‘cause his soul knows…

It feels just like a drug,

The faster he goes…and he goes.

“Like a Drug”  © 2007

Lyrical Gypsy via Writeaholic’s Journal

All Rights Reserved.

Contact LG before full or partial use.

D. M. Stephenson
Rejection Letter

What I Learned by Receiving My First Rejection Letter from a Book Publisher

Five months and two days ago, I received my first rejection letter from a publisher.  I won’t bother mentioning the publisher’s name because it doesn’t really matter.  But after reading the letter, I knew what I did wrong with my submission.  Yes, I read the submission guidelines thoroughly – twice.   But I still missed a few steps along the way, which had nothing to do with my writing or the publishing process.  My get-it-done personality got in the way.

 

Vague Wording in Rejection Letter

I could tell my rejection letter was a form letter.  The publisher inserted my name, the title of my book, and a clicked on a rejection reason.  Then the system populated the necessary fields, and the publisher hit send on the email.

But I learned a lot about myself as a writer.  First, my get-it-done personality likes to sacrifice quality for quantity.  I took months to write and edit my story, and I wanted to get my manuscript to a publisher right away.

Second, I’m a perfectionist.  I read the submission guidelines closely but I forgot to make sure my story fit the particular call.

 

“Unfortunately, after careful consideration, we have decided that it is not a perfect fit for inclusion in our upcoming…”

 

The publisher didn’t say whether my story was good or bad.  Well, unless “not a perfect fit,” is just a polite way of telling me that my story needed more work.  I don’t know.  But suddenly, I couldn’t take my eyes away from the word, perfect.

I’ve never been perfect for anything.  But maybe imperfection is the educational part of creative writing.  I don’t have to be perfect.  I just have to persistent and strive to learn something new from every rejection letter I receive..

Some Learning Curves in Writing are Hard to Navigate

At first, I struggled with the publisher’s rejection letter because it was very vague and impersonal.  Initially, I wanted to forget about traditional publishing and try to self-publish my story.  Then I did some more research and learned about all the benefits in choosing a traditional publisher over self-publishing.

Through the submission process, I learned a lot about the writing and publishing industries.  I received a rejection letter, but not all is lost.  Yes, I had my heart set on working with one particular publisher, but now I know there are many others to choose from.

 

Reviews from my Guest Readers

According to my guest readers , my book, Creative Juices, is a fun read.  Some of my readers want to read it again, while others want a paper copy.  But my biggest learning curve happened when one of my readers wanted to know when the next book was coming out.

When I first started writing Creative Juices, I didn’t think about making it a miniseries.  But now, I think it would work as one.  My readers still want to know more about the characters and they can’t wait to find out what happens next.  I learned that I always need to think about what’s next when writing.

In closing, I’m glad that I finished writing the novella.  I honestly wanted to throw in the towel several times, but I didn’t.  Now, I have an opportunity to make it a duology or trilogy.  And, based upon my reader’s feedback, I’m sure they’ll support me along the way.

If you’re a writer and you receive a rejection letter from a publisher don’t worry.  Keep going because there are a lot of publishers looking for stories.  And, I can honestly say that just by hitting a submit button, I already felt accomplished.  So, that has to be worth something, right?

 

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D. M. Stephenson
Proofreading a Book

Proofreading a Book: The Most Stressful Relationship and Saddest Breakup

I’m not religious.  But I can honestly say there was a higher power with me while proofreading my recent novella.  I worked long hours to write the manuscript for Partners in Crime, but even longer hours to edit it.  And the number of peanut butter snacks I ate while writing should be a crime.  Every sentence, paragraph, and chapter tested my patience to the max.  I had fun writing the story, and I’m proud of the results, but arggh!

 

Quality Proofreading and Publishing Will Test Your Patience

Patience is a virtue.  But apparently, it’s not my virtue.  While proofreading my book, I threw things, chewed most of my fingernails off, learned a new vocabulary of cuss words, and almost gave up on it twice.

So, why did I endure such a stressful relationship for one manuscript?  One reason:  Publishing.  I pushed through the editing phase so my manuscript can sit on a publisher’s desk for the next 12 weeks, awaiting its next editing process.  That’s right.  I proofread my manuscript countless times just so someone else could too.  

Publishers proofread and scrutinize a story down to its deepest parts.  They cut and chop dialogue and scenes I worked on for days in half, or delete them altogether.  Even if my story sounded fine without editing, fine is not great.  And only great stories sell.  It’s that simple.

 

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Hurry up and wait.  Isn’t that the beauty of writing?  Write a story, then wait, and hope someone else finds it just as appealing as you did while writing it.  But that’s not always the case, is it?  Sometimes, it takes a little more work to create something worth appreciating and is marketable.

 

Writing the Story is the Easy Part

Even if you’ve never written anything before, it’s easy to start.  Write every day, about anything and everything.  You will get better over time.  Perhaps good enough to find a publisher.

Show don’t tell – is a common piece of advice given by publishers.  Publishers don’t want to know who and what as much as they want to know how.  How does the sky and the trees make the character feel on a stormy day?  How does the hero of the story save the girl?  By proofreading, a writer draws their reader into the scenes.  The reader builds a relationship with the characters and invests their own emotions into the story.

But I think there’s an important step in between writing and publishing, which a lot of writers skimp on and rush through:  proofreading.   As a writer, I know how easy it is to say, “That’s good enough”, but quality proofreading will take time.  If it doesn’t, it’s probably not quality.

 

Proofreading is Just as Important as Writing the Story

Like any relationship, proofreading and I have had our difficulties.  After spending so much time with my story prior to editing, we already had a love/hate relationship with each other.  Once I reached the proofing stage, I didn’t want to see or think about the story ever again. 

But I had to learn patience.  I didn’t want to rush through after I just spent over three months of my life developing a relationship with my characters, the plot, and story.  If I want the next person reading my story to fall in love with it just like I did while writing it, I needed to slow down.  I needed to give it TLC and the attention it deserved. 

Proofreading is the most rewarding relationship you can have with your story.


 

 

Publishing is the Best Ending to a Bad Breakup

Once I finally submitted my manuscript to a publisher, it kind of felt like a break up.  A very violent breakup.  I killed a lot of the words and sentences during proofreading.  But I guess we needed some time apart. 

I’m being honest.  It was a little sad.  My fictional crush vanished, and I had to find a new lover.  On to the next story, and on to building my new obsession – one word at a time.   

But if you want to know loyalty (and obsession), fall in love with a character in a story.  Or, better yet, write a story, and create your next fictional crush yourself. 

It is hard to say goodbye to all the words, sentences and paragraphs you’ve fallen in love with.  But try to nix the words and phrases you don’t need.  Because after publishing, you can rekindle your relationship  by starting your writing adventure all over again.  

 

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D. M. Stephenson

Guest Reader Reviews: Creative Juices © 2016

Creative Juices is currently on hold for publication.  But I wanted to share some of my guest reader reviews.  I’m sharing everything verbatim.

Over the next two months, I plan to take my readers’ constructive criticism and revamp Creative Juices to make it longer and develop some of the secondary characters more.  Then, I’ll ask my previous readers to read the story again.  Something tells me they won’t mind.

What have my readers said about my writing?

I post a lot of my poetry and music lyrics to social media, and I usually get several “Likes”.  But, I hardly ever get any feedback.

However, as soon as I posted that my book, Creative Juices, was finished, I had at least a dozen people wanting to read my book.  I’m talking about people who don’t normally read romance novels – ever.

I’d like to share some of the feedback I’ve received thus far.

One person, who told me she normally only reads urban fiction, gave me this feedback:

“I’m reading it again to make sure I didn’t miss anything good.  Pat yourself on the back! This book is going to do really well.  Can I share the link with my friend?”

 

I should also point out; besides social media, I haven’t seen or spoken to this woman in over 20 years.  But, as soon as I posted about the book, she magically came out of the woodwork and wanted a password to my website.

 

Another person who read the book said this:

“Woman! My only complaint…it wasn’t long enough.”

“I’m one of those that can’t read a book if I can’t get into it within the first two chapters.  I read three chapters in one night and had to force myself to put my phone down!”

 

I’ve known this woman for about three months, and only through online chatting.  But, I took her feedback seriously and added five extra chapters to the story, and changed up the ending a little bit too.

Then, I told her that I have a second, and possible third title working.  Her response was this:

“You need to write faster.  The suspense is going to kill me! LMAO”

 

 

And, here’s what my dearest, oldest friend said about the book:

“Just finished it and commented all the way thru….wow!  I’m so amazed by this friend. Really well done. Absolutely loved it.”

“it really was soooo captivating and got my heart racing just like a romance novels should!!!”

“And, the spiritual stuff was soooo interesting not wacky crazy!!!  Easy to read not like whaaaaattt?  Definitely plausible.”

“I really think you could make a series out of this.”

 

But, perhaps my favorite comment from this reader was this:

“Just you wait girl…when the public gets ahold of this…they are going to be dyingggg to know what’s next for Emma.  I think we can all relate to her a bit.”

 

That last line is exactly why I left my corporate job to pursue passion for writing full time.  And, it’s why I’m finally sharing my creative writing with the public.

In this story, I want to connect with the reader on an intimate level.  Not just tell them an intimate story.   I wrote this story for all the lovers lost, to see that everything in life truly happens for a reason.  I wrote this story for anyone who enjoys thinking outside the box and is willing to entertain a theory even without accepting it.

Even though this book does have a happily-ever-after ending, not all romances do.  That’s just a fact of life.

 

D. M. Stephenson

Creative Juices © 2016 (novella excerpt)

“She knew that she needed to let her imagination go, if she wanted to become a better writer.

Emma took another sip of her tea, still warm and sweet.

Then, she began to describe Tobias on paper.

“There are so many things about him that distract me. The way his green eyes contrast perfectly with his dark facial features, and scruffy beard. His deep Georgia accent, and southern charm that would make any mother proud. The way his lightly tanned skin melts like caramel in my mouth, as I think of all the ways I could taste it between my lips. The way a thin trail of hair flows evenly down his chest, and then disappears just below his waistline, into parts that only my dreams can describe.”

“Whoa!”, Emma said out loud, as she pulled her traveling hand back from her legs, and placed it back on her desk firmly.

That’s not like me, she thought.

Then, she imagined if Tobias’ hand were massaging her there, and not her own.

She began to write again. But this time, as she described Tobias’ touch, her pen seemed to find her paper with ease.

Within just a pen strokes, Emma felt something unearthly takeover her mind, move through her body, and begin channeling itself into her pen.

Her thoughts of Tobias’ touch felt drenched in a sweet vocabulary, and her words about him seemed to flow onto her paper in a delicious way.

She had an unrelenting sweet tooth for words, especially those which contained evidence of Tobias’ memory and his sweet name.

Once Emma started writing about Tobias, she didn’t want to stop.”

Lyrical Gypsy, © 2016

All Rights Reserved.

D. M. Stephenson

Becoming a Fulltime Writer: Life Works in Mysterious Ways

If you’ve already read my About page, then you probably know part of my backstory into becoming a fulltime writer.  But I’ll admit, my grandpa’s reverse psychosis about becoming a fulltime writer scared me at first.  As a teenager, he warned me about going into journalism, because I might become a starving artist.  But thankfully, fear wasn’t enough to stop me from writing.  

I wrote constantly, even while in church.  In fact, I wrote my very first poem and song while sitting in church pew on Sunday morning.  I thought, perhaps I’d never become a professional writer, but I could still become an accomplished writer. 

Fulltime Writer Plans Moved to the Back Burner

Life happened.  After high school, I followed in my family’s blue-collared footsteps.  I studied automotive repair in college, then began working in a shop for 10 years.  Every day, I came home covered in grease, antifreeze or both.  But, every day, I found time to write a new poem, song or short story in my writing journal.  I wanted to keep my dream of becoming a writer alive.  

Then, before I knew it, I had enough material to obtain my first creative works copyright.  I called it, Writeaholic’s Journal, Vol. 1., because writing is my addiction.   But, I didn’t feel accomplished until I entered a no-name poetry contest.  Surprisingly, both of my poems won, and the company published my poems.  

As a young adult, publication was just enough motivation to keep me writing.  No, the company didn’t pay me to write.  But I finally got to see my work in print and it felt amazing!  In some strange way, I felt like I was finally an accomplished writer.

Life Had Different Plans for Me

Then, I heard about an opportunity to stop getting my fingernails dirty by becoming an insurance damage appraiser.  It was a different kind of writing.  But with my automotive background, I thought the transition would be easy.  Again, I know it’s a stretch, but now, I was finally writing professionally too.

During my 12 years with the company, my passion for creative writing had to move to the back burner.  I still wrote creatively, but not as often.  Because, I had to learn the art of business writing, drafting correspondence, web content and marketing.  Turns out, my new experience would come in handy.

Eventually, I became a paralegal and a corporate compliance officer, which meant that I had plenty of new topics to write about and explore.  I felt bad about not dedicating much time to my creative writing, but frankly, I had to pay bills. 

My First Job as an Official Freelance Writer

In 2002, after finding a little bit of time in my hectic schedule, I joined a freelance writing company online.  I felt determined to make myself find time to write creatively.  Of course, when I first started, I had several clients cash in on my business writing expertise.  But then, I got my first creative writing client. 

I remember the article like it was yesterday, because my project was a niche related article, which I was very passionate.  My first client; a college professor gave me a 5-star feedback.  She said I was “a good writer” and she’d hired me again in her feedback.   I realize that good is not great, but I had my foot in the door, and I had creative writing credentials from a professional source.

Later, I became a five-star, top-rated freelancer on the website.  My work appeared on many of my client’s websites and online magazines.  My job was going well, and I was finally starting to make a name for myself as a “real” writer.

Everything Happens for a Reason in Life – the Good and the Bad

Then, in 2014, tragedy struck, and I lost my corporate job of 12 years.  I won’t go into detail here, but I knew that I was about to find out firsthand what it felt like to become a starving artist. 

Like I mentioned before, my grandpa warned me against becoming a starving artist.  So, I thought I did everything right to avoid it.  I went to school for something other than journalism, just like my grandpa suggested.  I took a job in a hot and greasy automotive shop, just like my family did for years.  And, I followed all the signs and opportunities to better myself career wise.

But, I’ve come to realize that everything in life happens for reason; the good and the bad stuff.  Because, after I lost my job, all I had to fall back on was my passion for writing, and all I could do was hope that I was good enough to pay my bills with it.  My lifelong dream of becoming a fulltime writer was about to come true, but the introduction was bittersweet.

Thanks to many supportive people in my life, writing is now my job, not my past time.   I left my corporate life behind and my life working as a grease monkey to do what I love the most, writing.

I’m still working as fulltime writer.  Mostly freelance contracts and ad hoc jobs.  My creative clients are in the relationship, spirituality and travel niches.  My business clients copyrighting jobs, company profiles/about pages/mission statements.  Luckily, I’m not a starving artist.  But my point is that I’ve never stopped writing.

I’m working hard to publish my own creative works.  I have both fictional and non-fictional manuscripts working.  I know better than to get my hopes up, but I still do.  

But this is the first time I’ve ever showed my work in public.    

If you read something on either one of websites, blogs or social media pages that inspires you, let me know.  Because, your comment could be exactly what I need to stay motivated too. 

In the meantime, keep writing and living your creative dreams.  

Peace & Blessings.

Namaste.

D. M. Stephenson

Benefits to Using a Traditional Publisher versus Self-Publishing

Creative Juices is complete.  But now the real work begins; find a publisher.   Preferably, a traditional publisher.  I have to find a company who appreciates my story enough to publish it.  But I also have to find an editor who’s willing to work with me long term.

 

Traditional Publisher or Self-Publishing

Sure, I know I can self-publish.  But there are a lot benefits to waiting for a traditional publisher.  For one, self-publishing doesn’t provide rejection letters.  If a book doesn’t sell, a writer has to just sit and wonder why not.  I’ve learned a lot about myself as a writer by receiving rejection letters.

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Most traditional publishers will list exactly what they’re looking for on their website or blog.  As a writer, it’s important to use these “open calls” as resources.  The list should tell a writer all the manuscript requirements such as:  genre, word count, deadline dates, etc..  But it also describes the genre in detail.

The first step is to make sure that the story fits the mold.  Is it exactly what publishers are looking for?  Is it what the market is looking for?  A traditional publisher can help because there’s a team of people and abundant resources to help answer those questions.  With self-publishing, a writer must do all the market research alone.  He or she isn’t just a writer.

There are also many benefits to working with an established company.  For one, having an ongoing social presence is vital to selling a book.  Self-publishing is expensive and social media management takes a lot of time away from a writer who could be doing more writing.  Yes, a writer needs to promote and sell, but it shouldn’t be their main job.  Let someone else help with that part too.

Traditional publishers have a team who provide one v. one time with writers.  Individual editors, creative teams and marketing teams who acquire hundreds of hopeful manuscripts each month.   They’ve seen it all, and they know what it takes to make it in the business.  More importantly, they know what to look for and they know what’s selling.  Anyone can write a story but only good stories sell.


 

Finding a Publisher Without an Agent

Some publishers will not work with writers unless they have a literary agent.  But, I can’t afford to hire a literary agent.  I have to take my chances with publishers who offer open calls and accept unagented submissions.   I have to enter every writing contest available, blog, and work as a ghostwriter to get more writing experience.  It’s a slow process, but I can afford time, not money.
A lot of writers resort to self-publishing because it seems faster.  But faster doesn’t necessarily equal better.  Some publishers take 12 to 16 weeks for a decision, but slow and steady often wins the race.

 

Resources to Find a Publisher

I’ve read information on countless websites and blogs about tips on how to find a publisher.  The Writer’s Market provides an updated listing for nearly every publisher looking for contest, magazine and book submissions.  A reference book like this is a great resource for writers to have.

Benefits of working with a Traditional publisher<<  Get your copy on Amazon and have it shipped directly to you!

The best way to publish is to share your work.  Start by entering a writing contest, put it out there, and pray.  Do your best and then hope that every birthday candle and starlight star bright wish comes true for you.

Every publisher is different and every rejection reason is different.  But you won’t know how different unless you start looking for one.

At first, it seemed pointless for me to dedicate so much of my time into writing a story.  Especially, without any real guarantee that it’ll become successful.  But publishing is only half the battle.  Technically, I publish every time I update my WordPress blog.
The real benefit to working with a traditional publisher is that I get to prove that I’m teachable and that my ideas are marketable.
D. M. Stephenson