“My work is so much better.” It’s one of those things that writers say all the time. Often they follow this statement up with something like “. . . so I am going to send this publisher my work. It would be a huge improvement for them.”
If you find yourself saying this, stop! Do not submit to this particular publisher.
The reality is that you should submit your writing only to publishers whose work you love. Did you hear me? LOVE. That’s why it’s important to read the work of any publisher you are considering, whether it is a magazine or book publisher.
If you like the style of your work better . . . this publisher is not a good match for your work.
If you think your work is less biased . . . this publisher is not a good match for your work.
If your work is either less preachy or teaches a better message . . . this publisher is not a good match for your work.
In short, if you cannot wholeheartedly recommend the magazine or the books, do not send them your work because it is not a good fit. Editors don’t generally takes a manuscript because it is good enough until something better comes along. They publish manuscripts that they believe their readers will LOVE.
You too should find a love match before you send them your work.