Or Why too many writers give up too easily – and how not to join them


So, firstly writers need a high level of belief to get through the inevitable knocks of the process.

Secondly, we need to take some of the emotion out of the process; to see it with a clear head.

Our writing does strange things to us, and we to it. At times we deny it, or belittle it. Our self esteem and sense of worth can be tied up in our idea of our self as a writer. And so much time has been spent speculatively that we may worry we will look a fool if we don't secure a deal. There's just so much riding on a submission, and first-time writers are often looking for validation when they submit their manuscripts.

But what's the other side of the story? Take a moment to consider what publishers and agents might ask themselves when a submission lands in their inbox or reading pile.