Guest post: What are the Odds? Part 1: Querying by Ian Keith

For beginning  writers and frustrated veteran writers, here’s a helpful post from a gifted young writer, who understands that writers need to do their homework before querying agents and editors:

So you thought the hardest part of becoming an author was writing your book—and you’ve done it! You’ve surpassed all your friends who feel they have a novel in them but can’t muster the self-discipline to sit in a chair every day and produce. Now all you have to do is get it published, and how hard can that be? Every writer you’ve heard of is published. According to this source, there are 28 million books currently in print; according to this source, over 275,000 new titles and editions were published in 2008 alone, almost Read more