aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Don't ask, don't tell - go to the library

I got an email this week instructing me to “Write back right away!” and informing me that I had to help this 13 year old get her story published. She requested phone numbers and emails for publishers and agents.

This probably isn’t the right way to go about it. (Not to mention that the fact that agents usually don't rep short stories.) When a columnist wrote about BEA in Salon, she said, “In unguarded moments, publishers complained that they received more pitches than they had a chance to deliver. 'It's relentless,' one sales rep sighed at a party for Connelly in L.A.'s Union Station. 'Every time you turn around, someone's shoving a manuscript into your hands. I keep telling them I'm not an editor, but they don't seem to understand the difference.' Aspiring writers planted themselves in autograph lines in a bid to pass unpublished manuscripts to established authors or to beg celebrities to plug their book on TV.”

The first thing I would do if I were an unpublished writer with a finished story or book would be to go to the library and start checking out books about the publishing business.

Heck, I still read those books.

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