One of the difficulties in trying to offer advice on how to get a first novel published is that writers want there to be rules. They may have spent months, sometimes years writing their novel; they may, or may not, have found a literary agent; and now it can be tempting to believe that if only they gain a place on the right creative writing course, or use the right wording in their submission letters, or work out what the secret password is, then their novel will make it on to the desk of an editor who will immediately see its potential, and make an offer for it the very next day.
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