What makes us happy?
At MyManuscripts we believe in old-fashioned physical books. We love them. We love browsing in bookstores and along other peoples’ book shelves. We love admiring jacket covers - we even love the smell of books.
We’re not against eBooks or audio books, they’re just not our focus. What we want to do is to champion the traditional publishing deal that results in a book on a shelf in a book store! A real book that you can show to your friends and colleagues or take with you when you go on speaking tours.
What do we see as the biggest challenges?
We believe that there are a lot of you out there with a story to tell, advice to give or a passion to share. We don’t think it’s right that many of you will never have the opportunity to tell that story or to pass on your knowledge. This is because the process of getting a publisher or literary agent to even look at a manuscript, far less critically analyse it or publish it, can be a protracted and often fruitless exercise. For most writers, the rejection pile is a depressing stack of ‘thank you, but no thank you’ letters with little indication as to why the work has been rejected.
On the other side of the fence, for publishers and literary agents finding that next publishable manuscript must sometimes feel like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. MyManuscripts has been created to improve the submission presentation process for both authors and publishers, to help both parties achieve the goal of a traditional publishing deal.
What are we going to do about it?
To do this we have developed an online portal that connects you directly with publishers and literary agents who are genuinely and actively looking for works to publish. We ensure that your work is matched directly with publishers and literary agents specifically looking for voices like yours, on subjects that you write about, whether fiction or non-fiction. In the case of a rejection, we have implemented a constructive process to allow publishers and literary agents to feedback specifically on what was not right for them and on how you might improve your submission.
To ensure you have the best possible chance of a publishing deal we have developed relationships with a wide range of literary agents and publishers – particularly independents - who share our vision. They are all looking for that unique voice, that manuscript that has potential, and believe that in working in partnership with us you have a better chance of getting a result.
We can’t guarantee you that you will get published but what we can say is that we will help you to learn and improve your chances of getting that deal.