Dear Miss Snark,
I do not have a finished novel but I have finished the first draft of one. I have heard several authors recommend that at this point in the writing process one should join a writers group such as Romance Writers of America. My question is do you find that you publish more from writers who have taken this step or is the small group of non-published writers and avid readers I have accumulated to read my ms just as good?
Thank you and feel free to call me a Nitwit now,
well, I would, but you know what you don't know, and that's not nitwittery.
First, let's start with the fact that agents don't publish anything except blog postings and websites. Publishers publish. We represent clients for the sale of their work. I mention this only becuase it's almost a 100% automatic rejection if you put "will you publish my book" in your cover letter.
Second, when you query me, you don't mention what you did to polish up your manuscript any more than Grandmother Snark tells me how she fluffed the eggs sugar and chocolate to make dessert. I know the cake did not spring fully formed onto the plate but the mechanics of the process dont influence my appreciation of the final product. (yummy, by the way).
I don't keep track of what organizations my writers belong to. It doesn't even register when I'm reading their work.