Thursday, February 02, 2006

Random Thought

In link-hopping this morning I discovered there are still people who are adamant about the need to know someone to get published.

I have to ask, then, why aren't they out there getting to know that someone? Make it happen, people!

I'm NOT in the mood for whiners today, so I think I'll just sit here and write and wait for the nice man to bring me my groceries.


Blogger Kris Starr said...

The need to adamantly maintain that fantasy actually means that the speaker refuses to accept responsibility for the fact that he/she has gotta get off his/her butt and just write the freakin' book and submit it through the regular channels.

Or maybe he/she has been rejected numerous times already, and instead of admitting that maybe his or her writing needs work, decides that it's Someone Else's Fault. Of course it is.

I can guar-an-tee you that "knowing" someone will NOT result in a publishing contract. The ONLY (read: ONLY) thing it MIGHT do is get your manuscript read a little more quickly.

And subsequently rejected faster. (Maybe) LOL.

Oop. Sorry for blathering on on your Blog, Ann, but the whole topic touches a nerve with me. :D

'Scuse me while I go take some medicine and lie down. *g*

February 02, 2006 1:24 PM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...

Now that you mention it, my rejections did come a bit faster once I made friends with a particular editor *gg*.

*passing Kris an ice pack for her head*

February 02, 2006 1:58 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Is it true that it's "who you know"? Does that get you published quicker if your work is up to snuff? I have no clue... obviously I'm doing this whole thing wrong if that's the case... Where are the NY editors? I better start looking. LMAO!

February 02, 2006 9:51 PM  
Blogger THIS! Christine said...

As with anything, knowing someone certainly helps. Even if it is just to ask them to read it and give you pointers, but as Kris said, it WON'T get you pubbed if the writing/story isn't there.

February 03, 2006 1:39 AM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...

LOL Anne! The NY editors are at conferences. Conferences, baybeee! And some are on message boards.

But like we're saying, the only benefit to knowing and/or befriending one (if a natural friendship springs forth) is a possibly quicker read/rejection, and maybe some more generously helpful critique. It certainly won't *get* you published. If it did, I'd be published with Harlequin and Kensington. Am I? *looks for contract*. No. They wanted me to write the kinds of books they publish. I couldn't compromise. Not wouldn't. Couldn't. We weren't a good professional match. Doesn't mean we won't be in the future, though, and it doesn't mean we can't still be friends.

OTOH, I didn't know Bree. She liked my story. EC publishes what I write so she bought it. Now, I did have to stretch myself professionally to fit their needs, but it was a stretching of my natural storytelling, not a changing of it. It's a very, very good match.

Yet we didn't know each other from boo.

February 03, 2006 6:34 AM  

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