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East Van Saturday – four short stories and a novella, has just been sent out to three more Canadian publishers.
The process began in November of last year when I decided that self-publishing another work (currently I’ve self-published eight novels and two plays) wasn’t going to achieve what I wanted.
What do I want?
Critical, serious consideration for my writing and you’re not likely going to receive that as an self-published author.
Why? Because it’s now dead easy to self-publish and guess what, everybody’s doing it. In 2015 alone, 625,327 ISBN numbers were issued for individual indie books.
In the past six months I’ve submitted to five publishers. If you think sending out submissions is easy, well, I guess it depends on what you’re comparing it to.
– publishers are obsessively specific about how your manuscript should be presented: what font style, what type size, margin widths, headers, etc.
– part of the submission package is to explain why you think your work is a good fit for them,
– you must provide details on how you’re prepared to market your book,
– in most cases they will not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions,
– they don’t let you know they received your submission,
– you are under no circumstances allowed to contact them in any way,
– they don’t let you know if they reject your work, they’ll just shred it, using “a secure process”.
Okay, so it’s not that difficult, it’s just extremely annoying to have to deal with their arrogance – and that’s without ever having the opportunity to speak with any of them.
To make it even more galling, in 2014-15 these guys (and gals) received $30 million dollars in Canadian government subsidies – that’s my tax money.
And what exactly do they do for this money now that all the services: editing, cover design, production, marketing and distribution can be done by the author or purchased from experts relatively inexpensively?
One thing.
They’re the gatekeepers to literary acceptance. If you’re an indie author you’re a joke, if your traditionally published you’re accepted by the literati.
Not that I’ll make any more money. Emerging authors are lucky to receive a fifteen percent royalty on traditionally published books.
So here we go again.
East Van Saturday Night – four short stories and a novella, is to some degree autobiographical and impart to the reader why you can take the boy out of East Van, but you’ll never take East Van out of the boy.
Though the stories are all set in East Vancouver (with the exception of Hitchhike, which is a cross Canada misadventure during the “summer of love”), the themes have universal appeal and the music, the fashions and the culture are distinctly familiar to “boomers”.
Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs
Amazon Author Page

DiminutiveDaisyCluster_IMG_0075The creators of say they have designed a site “for the writer who wants to get read and get published.”

Hey, that’s me. Just a second, isn’t that every writer?

What they say they’ve done “is hone the submission process” with a questionnaire that is not unlike preparing your manuscript to be self published.

Anyhow, you answer the questions and the people at plug it into a template and make it available to agents and publishers who have also registered on the site.

The benefits for the writer are you don’t have to research and prepare multiple submissions, a process that makes writing a novel seem easy.

The benefit for the agent or publisher is they have a standardized and thorough submission, which they can review within minutes and accept, reject or refer as easy as forwarding an email.

So, what’s the catch?

Well, until July 15, 2016, there isn’t one because until then you can submit your completed manuscript, the first thirty pages or even a non-fiction book proposal free.

After that, well, the creators of aren’t saying.

Once a price is attached to your submission the question will be how many agents and publishers have signed on, are they using the site and will it make any difference?

Sure the submission process is a pain but if you’ve persevered and done the research, meticulously followed instructions as to what to submit and what not to submit, incurred the expense, and still haven’t got a publisher or agent then is a new, streamlined submission process going to change that?

Put another way, an improved submission process won’t improve your writing.

So until July 15th why not submit your completed or even partially completed manuscripts since there’s no downside (I’ve upload three of my books).

After July 15th you might want to reconsider and if you’ve already gone the traditional submission route to no avail perhaps the money will no doubt be charging might be better spent on a writing course, a how to book or membership to writers’ club.

Stay Calm, Be Brave, Watch for the Signs


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