Tip #10

Publishing is a business. They want to make money. No-brainer, right?

Yet, I hear lots of people say they can’t get a publisher. Or they write better than so-and-so, but can’t get a representative.

My first advice is to look at your manuscript. Is it grammatically correct? Does it have lots of spelling mistakes? Do all your characters sound the same? Is it descriptive?

It may have a good story, but if it take a lot of time to clean up, it’s a bigger investment than a story that’s already clean and a little bit of a lesser story.

The publisher has to be able to make money on YOUR manuscript and wages are the most expensive part of any business. The longer it takes to get your story ready for market, the more expensive it is to publish, the less money your publisher makes.

Tip 10

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Wendy L. Koenig

I was born in Colorado, but raised on a small homestead in Illinois. I served in the USAF right out of high school. After my stint in the military was finished, I returned home and had a horse stable. My first piece to be printed was a short children’s fiction, Jet’s Stormy Adventure, serialized in The Illinois Horse Network. It was a natural fit, given my business. Later, I attended University of Iowa's famed summer workshops and writing programs. Since that time, I have authored and co-authored numerous books. Several of my novels and short stories have won international awards and have appeared in multiple venues.