What are our odds at getting published?
I read somewhere where 95% of submissions are rejected right off the bat.
One way to improve our odds, after writing a great manuscript, is to not let the rejections stop us from sending our manuscripts out again and again.
It is kind of like going to a thrift store one time and when we do not find anything that grabs us, we refuse to go back. It takes visiting on a regular basis to find that certain something that we need or cannot live without. Our persistence will eventually pay off.
I search for arrowheads in my garden. If I stopped looking after one walk through, what would be the chances of finding more? My chances would not be very good, so I look each time I go to the garden. Now I have a collection of artifacts to show for my persistence.
We need to keep writing and sending out our manuscripts. Our persistence will eventually pay off and we may have a contract to show for our persistence.
We can improve our odds by writing a good manuscript. Or should I say, a very good manuscript.
We need to follow all the submission rules and send in a manuscript the editors want to see.
Let our words rest for a couple of weeks, then go back and edit out the weeds so the flowers have room to sprout. It is easier said then done, isn’t it.
But, I think the results will be worth the effort.