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Writers: How many stories sent to the publishers actually make it to the libraries and bookstores?

Because I want to be a writer and take English as my major. But if it's a one in a million totally impossible thing, I'll just take some computer major and be an engineer (hey, my parents say my math and science grades are good enough and it's what I'm "destined" to do >.>) However, I see some kind of crappy books in the teen section sometimes. Well, if they got published, couldn't mine? So yeah, what are the chances?

Asked By: Kelly Mortensan - 2/14/2009
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Publishers on average receive 3000 manuscripts a month I believe. Between unsolicited manuscripts, literary agent submissions, contests for publication, contests for associations/clubs/conferences, as well as pitches they attend for conferences and workshops, not to mention manuscripts from authors already signed... More
Answered By: sensualgruv - 2/15/2009
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Just to be clear: You'll only become an English major if you have a good chance of being published? Because that's not why I was an English major... More
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Answered By: skokiesam - 2/14/2009
 
You should focus on a more practical thing unless you are sure of your writing ability. Once you think you've pretty much stabilized your life, you could write a book in your free time. It's pretty dumb to stake your life and career on a book because the chances of it being recognized as great is very slim. It's a... More
Answered By: Crystal K - 2/14/2009
 
Start out at http://blurb.com you can make and PUBLISH books for as little as $4.95 You can sell them on the site while setting your price. You Get 100% of the profits Also you can put a link (with a front cover pic) on MYSPACE FACEBOOK, ETC VERY HELPFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Answered By: COOLpenguin - 2/14/2009
 
I'm writing to and am deffinitely going to pursue Publishing by the end of this year, and I completely agree, there are some darn crap books in my library... More
Answered By: Reed M - 2/14/2009
 
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