Out of curiosity I have begun to browse among the various publishing web sites. What do publishing companies require of you to have your manuscript reviewed? The sites are interesting, encouraging, and tempting until you decide you are ready to send for their free publishing guide. That small step presents itself as a daunting task. Each of them confronts you with a series of questions. You simply fill them out and receive your guide. Of course they want your name, address, phone, and e-mail. Easily done, quickly filled in when I am ready to advance. What I am not ready to supply are the answers to the last of the information requested. Must I be careful in my reply? Will my replies influence their view of my manuscript? Below are the questions and a list of possible answers to each.
1. Is your manuscript ready for publication?
- I don’t know, that’s what I want you to tell me.
- Well it’s written.
- Do I have to edit it first?
- My son suggested that perhaps it was ready when I was ready to let it go. Our youngest son is 19 and I am not certain I am ready to let him go. I might not be around in 19 years to let go of my manuscript!
2. What are your goals for your manuscript?
- To have someone read it and tell me how good or bad it really is.
- Um, to get it published.
- So my grandson can see my name on the book as the author.
- To share my work with others.
- I think I have a message to share.
- Some of the 7.5 million Lutherans in this country might be interested. (Whoops! Delete the male population of Lutherans. Lutheran men are NOT going to be interested. I can’t get my own sons to care enough to read my work. Besides, it’s about women and we all know how comfortable Lutheran men are with women’s issues!)
- Make enough money so we can upgrade our sod house, retirement home to a log cabin.
- Because once it is published I can say I am done with it and quit obsessing, fixing and rewriting it!
Of course I do realize there are drop down boxes at the end of the questions. You are suppose to click on one to fill in your answer. I am not certain I care for their choices. What I do know, is I am not ready to choose an answer.
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