I Have Submitted Manuscripts to Four Publishers Now. Anxiously Waiting on a Reply.

Image for post
Image for post
source

If you’re wondering why I managed only one post between 10am and 8pm, it’s because I was asleep during that time as a consequence of having been up all night sending out manuscripts to publishers. It’s a surprisingly convoluted process as they all have different formatting requirements and other preferences you have to make multiple versions of your manuscripts to satisfy.

Still, I don’t know why it took me so long to finally get around to doing this. I think I felt as if time spent trying to monetize my work through traditional channels was time I could be spending writing. I’m going to die someday and I’d rather leave behind as much writing as possible than be wealthy. You can’t do anything with money when you’re dead.

However with SBD continuing to plummet somehow, I just plain need money to live. I’m not in great shape financially, which has forced me out of my comfort zone. I am not really suited to do any job but writing, so I’ve either got to make that work for me or die trying.

To that end, here are the publishers I submitted six novel manuscripts to, and dozens of short stories (only to Rainfall Books as short stories are specifically what they’re after) as well as their requirements:

Elder Signs Press

Eraserhead Press

Tartarus Press

Rainfall Books

As you can see, some publishers are more demanding than others. It’s all a giant leap beyond what I’ve had to deal with in the past, as I’ve only ever self-published on Amazon until now. You can put literally anything up for people to buy on Amazon, for better or worse.

However waiting for millions of people to somehow stumble across my novels on Amazon hasn’t worked out. I’ve made perhaps $100 in total over 6 years that way. That’s a bit over $16 per year. I mean, I spent nothing on advertising which probably didn’t help, but I can’t afford to until my writing starts making more money. A chicken/egg problem.

I’m going to keep seeking out publishers that specialize in weird horror and the few other genres I write in. I’m gonna keep sending out manuscripts. Because really, I should have started doing so 5 years ago. Better late than never. I guess I have benefited from improving my writing skills in that time, which in turn approves my chances with publishers.

The microsecond I hear back from any of the publishers I have so far sent manuscripts to, you guys will be the first to know about it. If I hit the big time as an author, you’ll be able to say you followed my work back when I was posting it serially on Medium for peanuts.

Follow me for more like this! And why not read one of my stories?

Written by

I post text here, often accompanied by images and sometimes video. People then clap or don't depending on whether they enjoy what I posted.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store