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  • Rochester, NY
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Pursuing the Publishing community

Started this discussion. Last reply by Raymond Cook Nov 27, 2017. 1 Reply

Last year I had my first book picked up. The editor was negative and condescending and wanted me to change every element of my story including the characters. The deal fell thru and I lost my passion…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by David Serafine Apr 16. 4 Replies

Hi everyone. My name is Melinda Smith but everyone calls me Mindy. I live in upstate New York where I was a property manager until about 6 years ago when I started writing seriously. Now I'm a part…Continue

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David Serafine replied to Melinda Smith's discussion 'About Me'
"Hi Mindy,  same journey for me.  I have three books, one through a publisher and the other two self-published.  Candidly, I have little trust or comprehension of the publishing/agent criteria.  For the most part, publishers want…"
Apr 16
Raymond Cook replied to Melinda Smith's discussion 'About Me'
"Hi: Choosing to go the publishing gauntlet to submit your manuscript is a tough journey and so many new authors are rejected, because publishers like to promote an established, known author. An unknown authors name is not recognized by any customer…"
Mar 28
Raymond Cook replied to Melinda Smith's discussion 'About Me'
"Hi Mindy: Never give up. Had I ran the gauntlet of rejection letters on my first book in 2011, I would never have written #2. I just finished writing book #29 with ten more books planned. Great story and great grammar editing is a winning formula…"
Nov 27, 2017
Raymond Cook replied to Melinda Smith's discussion 'Pursuing the Publishing community'
"Hi Melinda: That is why I will not turn to a publisher or agent. Stay true to yourself. Grammar makes or breaks success as much as the topic of the book itself."
Nov 27, 2017

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Publishing nightmare

Posted on November 27, 2015 at 10:26am 0 Comments

My first book was picked up last year and I had to agree to a few minor 'tweaks." My editor did a lot of critiquing but never in a constructive way. She made me change both of my  main characters' personalities because she didn't like them. And when I told her I no longer recognized the story as my own she told me she only liked the concept and to have it in print I had to completely reconstruct the manuscript.

I did contact a few authors before pulling out from the deal because this…

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