Jessi’s Five Simpl(ified) Steps to Signing with a Big-Name Publishing House

I’m at the end of my eight-week wait to hear back from the uber-awesome-this-could-change-my-life agency about Dr. Fixit’s Malicious Machine. Monday will mark the first day I can nudge them according to their website, and each day that goes by has my gut in a tighter vice, as they could literally answer any moment.

If you’ve been there you know that right about now, my sanity is about to implode.

So to try and distract myself from the inbox, I’m writing a quick guide to trade publishing for new writers. If you’re wondering about self-publishing (AKA independent publishing), I’ve written a bit  about that, too. Just click here. 😉

And now, without further ado…

Jessi’s Five Simpl(ified) Steps to Signing  with a Big-Name Publishing House

  1. Write a book.
    Just that. You have an idea for a story? Then write it. That’s really all there is to it for now. Spend as much time as you need to get that story down. Period.
  2. Edit the book.
    Edit. Please edit. Pretty-please edit. Agents and publishers all over will thank you. Plus, without this step there’s really no point in going any further. Trust me on this.
  3. Write a Query Letter.
    This is a query. This is NOT a query. Don’t get them mixed-up.
  4. Send the Query Letter.
    Bur first, research the agents. Make sure they actually want to read what you wrote, and learn how they want to read it. Then, and only then, send them your query letter.
  5. Wait.
    This is pretty much the entirety of writing. Especially at first. Learn to wait.

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