Pursuing Publication

Riptide2 (3)On Saturday, March 9, I went to a Society of Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) monthly meeting at BookPeople in Austin. The featured speaker was Lindsey Scheibe, whose YA book, Riptide, will be launched on May 19. Her talk was about “Pursuing Publication: Tools for Success.”

Scheibe’s presentation was low-key, loaded with helpful information and personal anecdotes on her own road to publication.

Scheibe reads from 15-20 industry blogs a day. It’s part of self education about news and trends in the publishing field. It’s a way to find out about current expectations in the market. For instance, she mentioned that even though a writer might harbor great nostalgia for favorite childhood books, the writer who desires publication will find out what publishers expect right now.

On the subject of querying, Scheibe said that publishing is a subjective business. Will your manuscript suit the publisher’s branding? Is it marketable enough to profit them? It’s a publishing house‘s job to be financially solvent.

“It’s not for me” is not personal, it’s business. From a sales perspective, it’s a numbers game. Rejection brings the writer one step closer to the right agent for her project.

Other tools for publishing success include reading a lot of kidlit, all different kinds, reading industry blogs, networking, attending conferences, and getting critique partners. Also perseverance and belief in oneself.

Lindsey Scheibe

http://authorlindseyscheibe.blogspot.com/p/biography.html

I find it good to be reminded that publishing is a business, that publishers have to pay the light bill, and that a manuscript rejection is not personal.

I came away from the meeting with a lot of new blog names and a list of new books to read.

Best of luck to you with Riptide, Lindsey Scheibe. Your talk was realistic, forthright, practical, and encouraging.

Now, back to queries!

English: BookPeople is an independent Bookstor...

English: BookPeople is an independent Bookstore in Austin, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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11 thoughts on “Pursuing Publication

  1. I’m sorry I missed the workshop. It sounds like a good one.

    I’m glad to hear that “It’s not for me” isn’t personal. If I write that a hundred times, will I believe it? And remember that I believe it?

    • I think you would have enjoyed it. I have the names of blogs and books that will be helpful in the pursuit of publication. I will be glad to share with you.

  2. Nice summary, and the links at the end are helpful, too. Thanks!

  3. Thanks, Kaye. I have names of books and blogs to share.

  4. I’m so glad you enjoyed the talk, Gale. Thanks for good wishes! I hope to see you at the launch.

  5. Okay. I’m getting ready to read Save the Cat.

  6. I thought I was finished with YA books, but after reading your post and seeing that cover, I’m committed to reading Riptide. And Save the Cat.

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