Relationships are everything to a writer. As the old saying goes: “It’s who you know.” And who knows you.
If you have no editorial contacts at all, and are starting your career, your primary aim should be to build relationships.
When I started writing, around 30 years ago, I knew no one in publishing, and yet my first sale as a novelist was a series of romance novels to an English publisher. (I live in Australia.)
I did it one letter at a time. I wrote to publishers, and when the response was positive, sent requested material, usually a couple of chapters and a synopsis.
So start getting to know people. Send an email message. Send a letter. Create a Web site or a blog.
It all starts with you. Make contact, and before you know it, you’ll acknowledge the wisdom of “It’s who you know”.
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