After months of sleep deprivation, endless espresso shots, cigarettes and alcohol, it’s time to find your piece of writing a home. On your way to becoming the next John Green, Haruki Murakami or J. K. Rowling, you’re looking to make your first sale to a paying market.
But in reality, it doesn’t necessarily work that way. Every writer’s route to publication is different.
An acclaimed novelist once said that writers need to separate their art by adapting to the versatile and perpetually evolving world of publishing. Sometimes winning the lottery is a lot easier than securing a million-dollar advance and the author-agent-publisher relationship must be a good marriage in order to bring profit for each party.
As an emerging writer, I’ve met with some experienced and passionate writers that persevere in their writing dream. They don’t blame their full-time job or family for hindering their writing time.
Publishing with online periodicals or small presses are the training grounds for new writers. And the requirement to list your publishing history shows your experience as a published writer. Bear in mind that publishing is a business and one publisher’s taste is different from another. The work has to perk the publisher’s interest; it has to keep them awake at night. And if the work is submitted to a paying market, the publisher will choose the work that’s worth every cent they’re paying.
Rejection letters aren’t the end of the world.
I personally think it’s the publisher’s punishment. They are lessons for aspiring and new writers as we journey down the writing path, improving our skill as we go along. When there’re too many rejections, writers should take a break and relax their brain. Publishers reject work that doesn’t fit their journal. Never take it personally.
My first poem was rejected by ten publishers in six months until an online Canadian periodical picked it up. My first short story was picked up by a journal after two years of wandering in the literary wilderness. However, one of my poems, entitled “Ballad’s Under Construction” was published by a US-based online journal a month after I wrote it. And right now, I’m working on a semi-autobiographical manuscript that fits in between Eat, Pray, Love and Girl in Translation.
I opine that writing is an art of creativity through expression. Writers are artists with brushes and palette, painting the universe with words, toying with the characters and twisting the stories. By submitting work for publication, writers are taking a long shot; a way to test their creativity by presenting their masterpiece to a larger crowd, ready to accept criticism, be it constructive or destructive.