How to tell if you're closer to publication than you might think
· Instead of the standard polite form rejection letter, you’re getting some personal comments and suggestions.
· Although your manuscript is still getting rejected, you’re also getting requests to send something else.
· Someone you know recommends you contact their agent.
· An agent or editor contacts you directly.
· You’ve outgrown your critique group.
· When you consider your previous submissions you understand why they were rejected.*
This week I'm also over at Unicorn Bell offering my humble opinion on members' queries, excerpts or what have you. Check it out and join if you'd like to give and get critiqued. There's also a contest going on there in which you can win a copy of Donald Maass' The Breakout Novelist.
Meanwhile, there's still one slot open for July's first impression if anyone is interested in having their first page critiqued by myself and Dianne.
* courtesy of Writer's Digest Magazine, July/Aug 201, p. 39.