My friend Dan is a literary agent. Unfortunately, he and his agency don’t deal with Fantasy novels so he cannot accept my manuscript. But he has given me some names and suggestions about who I should submit my novel to and has given me great advice on my novel Under the Darkened Moon to help me out along the way. But none of his advice has been as valuable or helpful as this:
“You hear about how 95% to 99% of all manuscripts are rejected right? Well, I don’t know that you should have to worry about the odds being that high against you. First of all, you have two things going for you that those 95% to 99% don’t have! First is that you have written one heck of a manuscript for being a first time author. I am very impressed with it. Secondly is that you are going to make sure that you submit your manuscript to the right people! I know you are because we have talked about this.
See, those there are the two reasons why so many books get rejected. They are either not submitted to agents or publishers who deal with the material the author is writting about or what is submitted are horribly written first or rought drafts with zero thought put into them. Plus, remember this please, that high rejection rate includes all the rejections of every manuscript sent to every potential agent or publisher. You submit to 99 times and are rejected by all 99 then you are at 100% rejection rate. But when you submit to the 100th and are accepted you are in that 1%.
I really hate how people in my industry try scaring off new authors with daunting figures that makes getting published look like an insurmountable moutain. It is hard. But when people put the time in they can be rewarded. Now go and submit! I am not saying you will get offers and ink a deal. However I do deeply feel that anyone who rejects your manuscript is going to wish they hadn’t.”
This kind of encouragement makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.