50 SoG was originally self published and got picked up by a major pub.
It's a dirty shame. That, and how few open short markets there are.
I came to writing short stories (none of which I've yet sold) because I realized I desperately needed practice 1) finishing complete stories and 2) being crisp. The relatively puny word-budget that most short markets allow (over 10K words is unusual) certainly forces you to choose carefully.
I just meant I don't know why you're explaining what querying is. I thought you'd left out the rest of your post or something.If you're not, then I'm not sure what you meant. But I had edited my post for clarity which must have gone through while you were looking at the old version.
The After series? It started as One Direction fanfiction and has spawned a ton of trade published books and three movies so far.What was the book that hit it big on Wattpad before getting picked up?
ETA I know there was such a title but I can't find it.
Amateur. I waited almost three years.
I like all of those notes, but I like this best. I do a lot of beta-reading and the number of times a new writer has sent me a first draft, thinking that because it's been polished and proof-read it's now a third draft is - heartbreaking.4. A first draft always needs edits. Never ever ever--no exceptions--query a first draft.
Bolded for truth.10. Griping affects the writing voice, your queries, your everything. I refuse to waste my time griping. Sure, I cuss and get down. I do not let it last more than 24 hours. Your query getting no replies? Rework it. Take a class. Join a workshop. Is it the book? You may need to rewrite some of it. You want to get published? Nobody owes you any favors. Do what it takes. There are no golden words. Everything is on the table for edits. Be ruthless. Do what will make the book sell.
11. WRITING IS A BUSINESS. TREAT IT LIKE A BUSINESS. BE PROFESSIONAL ALWAYS.