Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the March Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series! The support from Chicklit authors was amazing as we have 12 authors participating in this group author interview.
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So, the 11th question is “How did you get a publisher to accept your first manuscript since it is so hard to break into publishing?”
1) Author #1 : Tetasheri Whitney
I applied to over 100 literary agents with query letters.
2) Author #2: Beth Merlin
I was VERY persistent. I queried my book out to literally HUNDREDS of agents and publishers and never stopped working on it.
3) Author #3: Tracy Orchard
You know what, I don’t do defeat or rejection very well so after five letters back from main stream publishers I gave up. Not because I gave up on my dream but because I want to be in control of my writing career. This is the day of the indie author and I am an authorpreneur and proud of it.
4) Author #4: Jae El Foster
Nowadays, it’s not that hard to get a contract. It’s more difficult to get noticed once your book is out there. Fortunately for me, I already had a following when I began talks with DCL and that helped me get a foot in the door with this awesome company.
5) Author #5: Adesanya
I got in via a friends recommendation.
6) Author #6: Amy Spitzfaden
I entered a contest the publisher was hosting and won!
7) Author #7: Summer Dowell
It is hard! I’m actually self published
8) Author #8: Jennifer Patricia O’Keeffe
I was recommended by a friend and fellow author, which I’m certain gave me an advantage.
9) Author #9: Sasha Lane
I have self published.
10) Author #10: Kristin Billerbeck
I got plucked out of a slush pile and blessedly told what to fix if I wanted it published.
11) Author #11: Phaedra Patrick
I got a really great literary agent. I’d recommend this route to anyone. Your agent is your business manager, mentor and friend. Publishers receive thousands of manuscripts and it is hard to break through. Even my agency receives hundreds of submissions a week. You need to be able to write, have a good story to tell, and a strong voice. You need determination to keep going, through all the rejections.
12) Author #12: Katie Joyce Cross
I didn’t worry about them. I became my own publisher.
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