Out of those, I've marked 12 as listings that I will begin submitting to throughout the rest of this month. Why not just do it all at once? Because these twelve markets all want extras in addition to the query so it will take a little extra time for each one. This reminds me of an article I wrote recently about writers having problems following submission guidelines. When you have days like today, where you're working to narrow down markets and staring at them for hours at a time, it's very easy to understand how writers can get confused sometimes with all the markets that want specific (and different) things. Only when you start submitting, I mean REALLY digging in and submitting, do you realize that there isn't one thing that blankets another. Publishers and agents all have varying opinions on what is the right and wrong ways. No wonder I have a headache. This is the part of writing that I absolutely despise. But whether I despise it or not, the job has to be done if I want to succeed.
And out of all those market listings, I was able to submit only to one today. Oak Tree Press wanted a query by email. Since I already had my query ready, I simply sent it.
For all the others that got a "X", I rejected sending my query/novel/synopsis to them for varying reasons.
-Not a U.S. company. I'm sure there are many great companies outside of the U.S. but I'd prefer to start with a U.S. based company. Later, who knows.
-Had the little "A" by its name. Because I can't seem to find an agent that wants the combination of YA, paranormal (not romance) that I'm offering, any publisher marked with an "A" automatically gets an "X".
-I just didn't feel like my novel matched up with anything they wanted and/or what I could research of the type of work they published.
I didn't discount any listing that was "too difficult" (although I do wish that many of these publishers would understand that writers are as busy as they are) but it will take me longer to submit to all of them. I did however discount one listing whose submission guidelines were twice as long as their requirement for the synopsis word count. If someone is going to be so nitpicky as to expect me to follow the equivalent of 2 to 3 pages of submission guidelines, then I probably wouldn't be happy working with them to begin with.
Thanks for reading. I needed an outlet after sifting through all those listings.
Peace and Happiness,