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Mandy Hubbard’s Tongue in Cheek Guide to the Road to Publication

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So…you want a step by step guide through the road to publication?  You’re going to love how Mandy Hubbard  walks you through the process.  Check out her Tongue in Cheek Guide to the Road to Publication.  Since I have the last of my line edits to finish today, I can safely say I am smack-dab in the middle of steps 12 and 13.  But I’ll never get to step 16 if I don’t stop jabbering.

What step are you on?  Which step do you dream about?

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Small Piece of Advice for the Great Agent/Editor Search

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away–okay…up until January 2011–I was given lots of advice during the great agent and editor search.  I ate up the recommendations like they were Dibs, those bite size chocolate covered ice cream bites.  But there was one piece of advice that I found hard to swallow–don’t jump at just any agent and/or editor who is interested in you.  Hold out for the right one.

Intellectually that sounded nice, but in theory that felt more like asking me to put a piece of gum in my mouth and not chew it.  I wasn’t sure I could do that.   Would I even recognize a bad fit if I found one?  Luckily for me, the fates intervened and everyone rejected me until the perfect fit came along.  Ha!  My agent Michelle Wolfson makes me grateful for everyone of those BIG FAT NO’s.  And one of the many ways that I know she’s the perfect agent for me–she sold TOUCHING THE SURFACE to Anica Rissi, my editorial soulmate.

This is a small bit of advice, yet the hardest for most people (desperate for validation) to wrap their minds around.  But I’m passing it to you anyway.  Yes, things fell into place for me in the right time.  I was very lucky, but I also believe that I was freakishly open to not having a timetable for success.  I used determination to drive me forward, but I also gave myself enough flexibility and forgiveness to let MY journey unfold in it’s own way.  I know it’s really hard, but don’t settle–ever.

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