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How to Get Published – Ms Conception Author Pamela Power Shares 3 Hard-Learned Lessons

Ms ConceptionPamela Power, author of the novel Ms Conception, has written a blog post about the process of getting published.

Power offers three pieces of advice: “don’t make changes until you have a contract”, “don’t send them the whole book until they ask for it” and “don’t give up”.

She shares the story of how she learned these difficult pieces of wisdom: three publishers, four years and dozens of dashed hopes after first beginning to write.

Read the blog post:

It has taken me four years to get my novel published. Yes, people. Four long years.

I first sent off a few chapters to an ex-student of mine who worked at one of the major publishing houses in Joburg. She liked my writing and forwarded the chapters to the commissioning editor, who thought it had possibilities. Unfortunately that’s as far as her enthusiasm went and she never offered to publish it. But the fact that someone liked it was enough to encourage me to finish it.

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