Some writers are no different. Lately, I've been seeing stuff on the internet for writers offering to make the process easy. Could it be these people just want to make money off a writer's hopes? Sure. I guess there's always a Jack trying to find the magic beans.
There's software that writes query letters for you. Just plug in a bit of info and presto! you have a query letter. Of course, some agents have been complaining to Miss Snark that a lot of query letters sound alike. So, I wouldn't suggest this. There's a person who will sale you the magic formula for a romance novel. Personally, I don't think buying her formula for $200 is the answer either.
The last two weeks there's been press on a plagiarism case, which I guess is the easiest way of all. There have been reports of three books with striking similarities to hers. Yes, she has lost her two book deal. Originally, Little, Brown was pulling the book for revisions. Now, they will not rerelease it. I'm sure she is highly embarrassed, but it's not enough. She should have to give the money back and go to court.
There is no magic formula. There are no magic beans. There is no easy way. Or an honest one anyway. Writing and becoming published is hard work. If it were easy, everyone would be published. Publishing is a business. The publishing professionals aren't into giving people the warm fuzzies. Only the strong survive this business. This is not a writer just being pessimistic. It's the brutal truth.
I'm willing to give you the getting published formula for free. No gimmick, no money due. It's simple -- WORK HARD AND WRITE A GOOD BOOK! No, all good books don't get published, but if you're out there networking and sending your manuscript to agents and editors, it will eventually find a home. If the first or second or third manuscript doesn't sell, keep writing and submitting. Luck will find you if you practice perseverance. And I'm no Pollyanna.
Just my two cents. I know some people will disagree with me. That's your prerogative. That's what's great about living in a free country.
What do you think will help a writer get published?