Good morning Misfiteers! Today we have an awesome guest post by Jordan Link, author of THE SACRIFICED, which debuts today! *confetti*
Today, Jordan's telling us about how she very strategically and specifically decided that a small press would be best for her debut novel. Take it away, Jordan!
Why I Chose the Small Press Route – YA Misfits
Thanks for hosting me on the YA Misfits blog! One recurring question that I’ve been asked is this: why did you chose the small press route, as opposed to searching for a literary agent and aiming for a larger publisher? To answer this, I’ll use an analogy.
The writing world is like a kitchen. Upon entering the culinary world, one might first work as a cleaner, sweeping back rooms as talented chefs craft masterpieces that people will reflect on for weeks. Eventually, and after years of hard work and ambition, that measly cleaner will also wear a chef’s hat and apron.
Of course, most new writers don’t end up on Barnes and Noble’s main website within a few years. Regardless, I decided that starting with small publications, such as short stories in contests, would be the best way to scale the literary ladder. I figured that a literary agent would be difficult to snag, unless my resume promised a return in their investment. So, I scrolled through Duotrope, admiring a number of small publishers, until I found Entranced Publishing. You can’t imagine my excitement when I received a ‘Congratulations’ email, as opposed to the standard rejection. To present a summary, I’ll put my particular strategy into a few basic steps: How aspiring young authors can work their way up.
1. Enter short story contests or anthologies in search of submissions
2. Submit full manuscripts to novel contests and small publishers
3. Promote your first publication: it’s important that it receives positive attention from reviewers.
4. Search for a literary agent
5. Rejected? Delete it! There’s nothing worse than opening your email, only to be bombarded with last week’s agent rejections. Leave the past in the past, and indulge in a future, your future, in writing.
Thanks so much, Jordan! So great to get a look into another writer's publishing strategy.
Now, for a little more about THE SACRIFICED!
Length: 56, 000 words
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Emerald Hayden lives in the City of Centsia, a half-winged among the other walkers. She has no family, friends, or food: only a grim future filled with tiresome labor in the upper level’s factories.
But everything changes when she meets Dusk, a winged from the place that she previously scorned. He opens her eyes to a new possibility: the possibility of the unity of winged and walkers, of freedom, and of love.
Together, they decide to challenge the upper level’s supreme, winged council. But when a friend betrays them, they must choose whether to sacrifice their beliefs and save their own lives, or to remain along the thin line that divides the city in two. Success could mean liberty; failure, death.
Book Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WLLg5o7DY0
About the Author:
Jordan Link is currently contracted with Entranced Publishing for her novel "The Sacrificed", which will be released on May 6, 2013. She won first place in Jack L. Chalker's Young Writers Contest of 2012 for her short story “The Bubble”, and attended Balticon 46 last year. She earned an honorable mention on December 3rd for the Young Voices Foundation Short Story Contest and will be published in their anthology "Oh, the Stories They Tell!" which will be available on Amazon. Her early love of reading inspired an equivalent passion towards writing, and she plans to continue doing so.
Find Jordan online:
Author Blog: http://jordanlinkwriting.blogspot.com/