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Make It Your Book!

Good morning and welcome to wwwblogs. Today, we’re going to be discussing how to present your book to a publisher.

The first thing that comes to mind is that you have to have a fabulous opening statement on your cover letter. You need something that will really impress your potential publisher. Oh, you think, what better than letting this publisher know my book is similar to a few bestselling novels by big name authors? That will get their attention.

Happy you’ve found a way to express what you book is about, you open the letter with, Dear Publisher. Please find attached, Hero Academy, a tale about three teens who are working hard to be as normal as possible while learning to handle their abilities. This book has been likened to Sky High with a touch of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Lynnette, Travon, and Tina find themselves in a barrel of trouble when they find their school has a secret so bad it could destroy the world. In addition to their studies, they must use their fledgling abilities to save the world.

As an editor in chief who reviews submissions, you lost me with the second sentence by comparing your book to a sci-fi movie and two fantasy series novels.  To make matters even worse, you decide before sending this submission to mention that your book also resembles Twilight and is a  mere 250,000 words.

At this point, I’m imagining a book that’s about a kids without real superhero abilities in school, going on a quest through the middle kingdom while riding a broom and playing a game on broomsticks. Oh, and there are vampires too along with a doomed romance. My response will probably be along the lines of While we liked your book, we feel it’s not a good fit for our publishing company.

Why did I reject this book after just reading the cover letter? The images running through my head are the strongest reason. Of all of the books and the movie mentioned, I’ve not read just one of the books, but I heard enough about it to know combining that plot line with the rest is a disaster.

Here’s a thought to everyone searching for current hit novels they think their book is like… Be original. Give me a quick synopsis of your storyline. In fact, in the cover letter, you should give me a tagline—five to six words that sum up your novel and make a memorable impression. Spend your energy ensuring your book is tightly plotted without extraneous words, repetitive phrases, and reads smoothly from one paragraph to the next.

We all dream of having that hot new bestseller with the potential for a movie deal at some time in the future. Very few new authors have that thrill in their lives. In reality, you need to ensure you have the best book possible and have a great deal of pride in your work. Don’t depend on the success of others as a measurement of your success.

About the K.C. Sprayberry

Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.

She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.

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