Mistakes to Avoid when Submitting your Book to a Publisher

With so many writers sending in their book submissions every year to publishing houses, it is vital that they do so correctly. If the submission contains errors, it can mean the difference between approval and rejection.

There are several fairly common errors that editors are trained to look for. Knowing how to avoid these simple mistakes can help writers drastically improve their chances.

Spelling and Grammar Mistakes

Since writers tend to get wrapped up in their own work, it is common for them to overlook simple spelling or grammatical errors. This can be easily prevented by hiring a professional proof-reader to peruse the text before submission.

Errors in Logic

Fact-checking is vital, especially for non-fiction work. Submissions must contain correct information and should depend only on reliable sources.

Fiction writers, for their part, should make sure that their storylines make sense and can be easily followed by the average reader.

Failure to Produce Multiple Drafts

Professional writing involves the creation of multiple drafts, which the writer typically sends to his or her publisher (who may request changes).

The final product is usually the result of numerous drafts, and it’s rarely the case that a publisher goes with the first version.


Writers are often influenced by the work of past authors – this is perfectly acceptable.

However, writers should avoid mere imitations of earlier works, and always strive to offer something new that readers (and publishers) have never encountered before.

Failure to Know the Publisher

Each publishing company specialises in a specific type of literary work. For this reason, writers should know in advance what particular genre their publisher is in the market for.

If you don’t know what a publisher wants, your submission will likely be rejected.

Doing a little research on a prospective publisher before submitting your manuscript will prevent your time (and that of the publisher) from being wasted.