Posted by: nancyisanders | February 7, 2018

Submit Your Manuscript Today


Now that I’m done with the h-u-g-e book project I’ve been working on for the past year and half, people are asking me…what’s next?

For starters, getting a book published continues to require work even after it’s submitted to the publisher. There’s a website to build, edits to work on, first pages to proof, etc.

But in between all of that, I’m also getting back to other manuscript projects of mine. I’m finishing up some picture book projects and starting others.

And I’m also back into submitting.

Yup. Submissions.

Whether you have an agent or don’t have an agent, you’ve got to get your manuscript(s) out of your computer hard drive and into the hands of someone in the publishing industry.

See the photograph at the top of this post? It’s a caterpillar that will one day turn into the biggest butterfly in North America, the Swallowtail. It was on our orange tree in our back yard last summer. (It’s self-defense is to look like a bird dropping in its caterpillar stage, which is pretty funny if you think about it.)

If you leave your manuscript on your computer and never submit it anywhere, your “caterpillar” will never have the opportunity to turn into a beautiful butterfly.

So there’s good news for those of us who don’t have agents…there are oodles of publishers who are taking unsolicited manuscripts right now.

CLICK HERE to see the page on my blog where I list these publishers along with a link to their submission guidelines. I’m going through this list this week and submitting my manuscript and I encourage you to do the same.

So if you haven’t done so recently, make it your goal to submit your manuscript to at least one place today.

Best wishes on your journey! Hopefully one day soon your caterpillar will turn into a beautiful butterfly flitting and floating around the world.


  1. Good to see you back, Nancy πŸ™‚ Thank you for the encouragement to keep submitting! Thanks also for the list of publishers and their guidelines. 2018 is already busy and I’m trying to keep up-LOL

  2. I love how you compared the caterpillar and its potential to our writing. So true! I will get serious about submitting today. Thank you, Nancy!

  3. Great photo & analogy!

  4. You’re awesome, Nancy!

  5. Happy and thankful to read your inspiring blog again!

  6. Thank you, Nancy. I like your analogy. Best wishes on your submissions. Your encouragement to submit is a good reminder to me (but first I need to finish my current project).

  7. Nancy, Great to see you back! I’ve missed your posts. Congrats on finishing your book. Thanks for the encouraging words to submit. God Bless.

  8. Best to you, Nancy. I’m also submitting now, so your post echoes my feelings.
    These swallowtails are quite bad for the fruit trees, so let’s hope for a better life for our stories πŸ™‚

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