The Long Road to Publishing

I’m currently working on my edits in my book, and I was actually able to afford an editor 😀 Can you believe that? They always want to charge an arm and a leg, which I get it. We all gotta eat, but god damn! For someone who only makes $600 a month, paying $1000 (or more!) for an editor is a bit unrealistic for me. My editor is pretty awesome, and I’m loving the progress we’re making so far and at such a fast rate.

However, editing is just the start of it. After I get it edited, I’ll want to get it looked over again, and again, and again… And guess what? Yep! Again. I need to edit my book until I hate it. I’m already changing some things about the book. They’re small things like a certain character’s childhood or what color hair another character will have. I’m sure I’ll change much more as time progresses, and that’s just part of it. I might even take out certain chapters if need be. That might actually be a good idea because I’m already over the word count for my genre. Yes, there is a word count you have to abide by. I know, I thought it was ridiculous too. Why do they want to limit a writer to a specific word count? There are actual practical reasons for why, but I still stand by my beliefs in not limiting writers. Honestly, it helps give writers a goal and to not go too overboard and go off topic of the main story.

I’m about 26,000 words over the limit for my genre, which the maximum is about 100,000 words. Yikes, right? I have some work to do. It shows that I know how to edit if I adhere to the word count, which is crucial for any literary agent and/or publisher to know.

After I’m finished editing, I’ll have to write a query letter. Ugh! I honestly have NO idea how to do that. There are so many different formats you could follow and so many different blogs with their own opinions on how you SHOULD write a query letter. I’m going to go with studying the literary agent I want to submit to and see if he or she has a format they prefer. You should ALWAYS study the literary agent you are wanting to submit to. Since I’m already good at stalking people, it’ll be like second nature to me instead of a chore 😉 Study the agency they work for or if they have a blog, read a couple of posts. Most of all, they HAVE to fit the genre you wrote in. Not all literary agents will represent your genre.

After I submit to a literary agent (let’s be honest, I’ll submit to several at one given time), I’ll wait for their response, which can take MONTHS! That’s right. Months! I want my book published NOW! I guess this entire venture is going to teach me patience. If I’m lucky, they’ll email me back with a response that says, “Send me your entire manuscript.” Wooo! They liked the small amount I sent and want to read more 😀 But then they’ll have to like the rest of the story too. Sometimes hopeful authors don’t hear back or get a rejection letter after having their entire manuscript read. Just thinking about that stomps on my ego!

If you get a literary agent that wants to represent you, then congrats! You’re only half way there! 😀 Then you’ll edit again. Yes, again. Then your literary agent will submit to publishers, which can take up to a year until you find a publisher that accepts your manuscript. After that, you edit some more. Then the publisher and their awesome team put together the cover, formatting, etc. before it actually becomes published and hits the shelves.

All I’m saying is that it’s a long road ahead, and it can take up to 3-4 years before my book is published. I hate that it takes that long, and it makes me just want to self-publish again. However, I don’t want to go that route for a third time. So for those waiting and waiting? Yeah, it’s gonna take a while. But we’re gonna go on this journey together 🙂 I hope to receive your support and much-needed love during this long road <3