Monday, August 18, 2014

How Do You Figure Out What to Send to Who?

Dear Readers,

If you submit very much, I am sure you have received a rejection letter at least once or twice in your lifetime.

Do you often wonder exactly what a publisher is wanting or needing.

I have received rejection letters that read 'Sorry, but your story isn't right for our list' or 'we feel it does not quite lend itself well to our list,' or 'after careful consideration, we have decided to pass on your manuscript,' or, sometimes the letter will say 'your story isn't quite there yet,' or 'it is charming, but.'


I have gone to their sites. I have gone to Amazon and 'looked inside' their published books, I have read them at the library, etc., to get familiar with what they publish.

But, some publishers publish such a variety of books for children - all quite different - that I have a hard time figuring out just what is 'right' for their list. I don't see a pattern.

Although I very much appreciate getting a rejection letter, since some publishers do not send them out any more if they are not interested in your book, I wish I understood more what the publisher wanted.

Anyone out there with a crystal ball?
How do you work your way through the maze of publishers and figure out what to send to who?

Maybe one answer is to make our story so special that a publisher cannot turn it down, even if it isn't right for their list?

So, until I can do that, I will keep writing, keep revising and keep submitting.


Janet Smart  of the Blackberry Patch

Confused, But Still Love to Write


  1. Yup. It's a frustrating business. All we can do is keep on keeping on.

    1. Yes, Rosi, that is what we have to do.

  2. Janet,
    Thanks for the encouragement about submitting work. I've received many rejections. Sometimes they were form rejections, sometimes no comments at all. It always disappoints me to get a rejection, but that's part of writing. We have to keep on keeping on.
    Best wishes with your writing and publishing.

    1. Thanks, Brenda, and I wish you the best of luck, too.

  3. My answer is to have an agent. Agents not only know who likes what, but can get through so many more doors. Getting a good agent is hard to do, but I think there's more info out there on agents' tastes than editors'.

    1. Hi Marcia. I agree, having an agent would be very beneficial. Then we could write and let them worry about the submitting :o)


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