Friday, March 26, 2010

Writing Your First Novel

When writing a first novel, the experience is similar to having a child or a beloved pet. You write the words and suddenly something completely extraordinary blooms from the once blank pages. Suddenly it is your baby and you put all of your love into it. You dream of its future and setting goals. Unfortunately, many author’s first novels never reach publication. Do not let this discourage you. It is not a negative thing to experience, only a stepping-stone to improving your writing, plot structure, etc.

Some individuals may try to get their first novel published and find that it is far more difficult than they had imagined. This is usually true for every individual. A writer’s job does not finish once the last page has been penned or typed. Instead, the quest for the perfect query begins. Many publishers now refuse to accept unsolicited queries because of the grueling process so many have to go through. As a result, many with talent have gotten lost in the ever-growing slush pile.

When a novel is finished, an author is then asked to write a query letter – a synopsis covering the full range of the novel, including any additional information and qualifications. For some authors, they begin to wonder if they are selling their novel, or their qualifications. At Bokheim Publishing, we prefer to allow your novel to speak for itself. What we need is a well-written manuscript that fits our guidelines and preferences.

This can mean anything from a Young Adult Urban Fantasy to Christian Memoirs. We try to give a fair chance to every submission that follows our guidelines and we make sure that accepted projects receive the attention they deserve. This might not mean your first novel is published, but hang in there, because with each finished novel a writer can grow. Before you know it, just as with the transformation of those blank pages you watched bloom into something new and amazing, you may find yourself blooming into a published author.

If you have any questions concerning the process, or merely a question you have always wanted to ask a publisher, please do not hesitate to let us know here or e-mail us at We will even post your question along with our answer anonymously in order to allow others to benefit who may have the same questions.

Check out our submission guidelines at! Best of luck with your writing!

The Bokheim Chu


Thanks for the information - I am far from that stage, as I'm revising still, but this is good stuff ;o)

Have a great weekend!

March 27, 2010 at 1:15 AM

This is very helpful, thank you! I too am not at this point, but when I am will come back to this information. Thank you!!

May 26, 2010 at 3:22 AM

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