How I Avoided the Slush Pile
Guest Post by Jenetta M. Bradley
To say I was deflated was an understatement. To be honest I don’t think I went into the class with the intent of learning how to get published. I just wanted to improve my writing. After being told I couldn’t do something, well that bothered me. It bothered me that if I wanted to get published I would have to put my faith in the hands of a stranger who might pick my book up from the slush pile and like it enough to suggest it to the senior editor. A senior editor who probably had their own set of preferences in terms of which book would or would not get published.
None of this felt right to me and it started me to thinking. Why would anyone put themselves through that? I thought, why not take my destiny in my own hands and self-publish my own book? I had some experience with newspaper publishing from college and I didn’t think it would be a big leap to publish my own book.
All the resources that are around today weren’t available back in the nineties, but there were quality books on self-publishing and book design. It took a little time and I made a number of mistakes, but in ’97 I self-published my first book entitled Taints My Soul. Through self-publishing I avoided the slush pile and have never looked back.
About the Book
Author: Jenetta M Bradley
Synopsis: Brooklyn Saunders' life is set ablaze when her ex, Dante Nines, and a newly single friend, Hunter Torres, vie for the number one spot in her heart. Unknowingly, Dante brings trouble to her door causing their personal and professional lives to collide in the worst way. The entanglement unleashes a danger that will have both of the men she loves fighting to keep her safe. Will Brooklyn survive the chaos threatening to destroy her very existence? And if she does, who will she choose?
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About the Author
Her younger sister, Karen, didn’t start off sharing the love of writing. While being a creative mind, English and Grammar were never her strongest subjects. As life would have it, her weakest link would become her saving grace in life. It was during college she wrote her first book to help her cope with the death of her father, the upheaval of emotions, and her changing family dynamics. Writing fiction soon became one of her favorite forms of therapy.