I got this email while I was away. The subject heading was "What to do after you’ve exhausted every resource in writing?"
Greetings. First off, I am a potential author. I say potential cause I’ve yet to get anything published. Have about four finished manuscripts under my belt and I’ve exhausted
agents, publishers, some even overseas. I’ve found nobody willing to take a chance on rookies (and I’ve got so many rejections that I’m thinking about wallpapering the bathroom).
You discourage the use of POD’s, but what’s a person to do when no other options are available? Self publishing, perhaps, but cost of DIY is astronomical for some of us.
Could you give some insight that would light the darkness? Any help will be appreciated.
I have some insight, but I don’t think you’re going to like it. You haven’t "exhausted every resource in writing," you’ve received some rejections. Big deal. If you can’t handle rejection, you aren’t cut out to be a writer. It’s part of the job and certainly doesn’t end once you are published or produced.
The painful truth is that your rejections probably have nothing to do with people being unwilling to take a chance on a rookie. More likely, your novels aren’t marketable, they weren’t right for that publisher or agent, or they simply suck. What do you do? If you have confidence in the manuscripts, keep sending them out and start writing something new. POD self-publishing isn’t really an option, it’s just a way to spend hundreds of dollars printing your rejected manuscript in book form for your relatives to buy (if you nag them hard enough). But if you have the money to waste and your goal is only to see your manuscript in something resembling a book, then go for it. You won’t have to work so hard and you certainly won’t get any more rejection letters.