When we start out on the road to becoming a novelist, it’s fair to ask, “What are my chances?” And we’d better ask that question, because the odds are tough and relentless. If we want to survive in the industry, it helps to have our eyes wide open. If we know it will be hard, we are less likely to give up at the first or fifteenth set back.
The long odds
If this is your first novel, the odds of your publishing it with a traditional New York publisher are very small indeed. I’ve heard editors say that they publish one in one thousand manuscripts that come across their desk.
Still, that’s not astronomical. If your desire to write novels is strong enough, it may even sound doable. Like losing twenty pounds, or learning French. Read More…