I’ve done my homework, attended conferences, taken dozens of classes, built a modest platform, and I’ve written two novels. What’s missing?
Why can’t I get published?
The state of the industry isn’t quite as friendly for new authors as it was, say, four or five years ago. I’m finding more editors than ever asking for new authors to have amazing platforms, in place, at the time of consideration. But we also have to consider whether or not a particular genre is moving at the moment. Or has another pushed to the top?
The two novels you’ve written might have been extremely popular when you started to write, but now the market has shifted.
Also, a lot of authors simply DO NOT want to be involved in marketing. They want to write, thank you very much, and after that, leave them alone.
Dozens of factors come into play when submitting work for an author.
But two will never get old: hone your craft and write an amazing story.
Eventually your topic will be hot again and ready to move. Will you be ready when it does?
It all boils down to whether or not you have what it takes to stick it out until an editor falls in love with your work, takes it to committee, and puts it into print.
Perseverance! Always perseverance!