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The Manuscript Submitting Process

I completed my high fantasy novel manuscript, The Precious Quest, months ago. Then began the submission process. I submitted the full manuscript to DAW Books. Why DAW? Because they were accepting complete manuscripts without needing a query letter or a synopsis. After DAW's rejection, I had to write a synopsis.

The second submission went to Medallion Books. I loved the way they embrace technology and cross mediums for their clients. This one required a synopsis, which was harder to write than I thought it would be. However, I did it and submitted. And now I wait.

Each publisher takes approximately 3 to 6 months to respond, and many do not take simultaneous submissions (submitted to more than one publisher at a time). That means, I'm doing a lot of waiting, when I'm really just anxious to see my novel published.

So, am I tempted by self-publishing? Not a chance! Traditional publishers are my best bet for marketing and distribution. I want to spend my time writing more books, not selling this one. Am I tempted by ePublishers? A little bit, but some want full rights even though they only publish electronically. And many print publishers will not take a manuscript that has been published electronically.

So I wait. I wait for Medallion to reject my manuscript or accept it. And I will have to wait until September, which seems very far away.

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