Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Book Publishing Is Not Going Away - It's Just Tougher

I love getting emails from editors telling us of all the great new projects they are developing. I also love it when I see the phrase "And yes, we are still acquiring!' This is great news. Despite all of the doom and gloom out there in the world today (I still cannot get Hershey Bars in my grocery delivery), knowing publishers are acquitting is a big positive.

Don't give up hope authors!

But now here comes the twist, and you knew there would be one.

Getting those coveted positions with editors and agents will be a lot tougher. Sure, they are acquiring and yes, they want to see books, but like the period of time back in 2008, they are going to be extra particular for what they want to see. Mediocre writing is just not going to cut it. If you are hoping to sign on with writing that is average in the hopes to get the guidance, it is not going to happen.

You need to be good.
Your writing needs to be strong.
Your premise needs to be incredible.

So, what does this mean for writers? If you are a beginner, you need to make sure you really know your stuff. This means it might be worth it to spend a bit more time learning the craft and better preparing yourself for a writing career. I know, it means more time, but it will be well worth it in the end.

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