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Publishers and Agents
« on: 05/27-10:02 »

Publishers and Agents What you need to know about finding someone to represent you and your literary efforts.

Iíve been searching around to find what I can, on the world of publishing. After looking a lot of sites and information Iíve found one place that seems to provide detailed accurate information on the subject. The information corresponds well to other good sources Iíve found. Iíll summarize the information and provide links to the pages providing a little more details.

First off, you can avoid a lot of wasted time by just calling both agents and publishers to see if they accept manuscripts. If you send stuff unsolicited, itís likely it would just end up lost somewhere and never get read.

Most publishers prefer to work through an agent, rather then the writers themselves. Both publishers and agents have a tendency to specialize as to the type of work they handle, so itís something you need to think about and identify. The best way to get some idea of who is handling your type of material is to check out the authors doing the same type of writing. Consider the possibility, lesser known agents and publishers are more apt to take on new or unknown clients.

When you do decide to send something in; do it right. Call ahead to verify theyíll accept a submission and then send a complete package. Put as much care into the package you would any story. Remember, it cost money to publish, so if an agent or publisher doesnít think they can get a return on any investment, they are not going to take a chance. Itís your job to show them you can make money for them and you demonstration it at every stage of your contact with them. A professional submission package, is one of the biggest steps in the process. If you donít take it seriously, then they aren't likely to take you seriously.

The first item in the package is the cover letter. Keep it to the point but include anything of interest. Donít dwell on any one thing especially things about how much effort you put into the work or how your friends like it. Start with how you found them and decided to select them out of the list you had. Donít be afraid to say a few nice words about their agency.

The next item is a good summary or synopsis of the manuscript. Itís not a bad idea to ask how many pages it should be when you make the call about the submission. Three pages seem to be the norm but some apparently prefer as little as one page. Work on it until you get it right. Consider it may determine if they read the rest of the package.

The next item varies depending on the type of book. Non-fiction material requires a certain qualification as to your knowledge of the subject. Even if itís fiction, if you had to do research into technology or a culture itís not a bad idea to mention it. If you have had other work published then mention it. This is the place you want to provide information showing the manuscript and you have a foundation. I would include any market research you do on the type of materiel you're offering. I'd also highly recommended you do the research. The available market versus the available material plays a big role in their decision making.

The last item on the list is of course a sample of the manuscript itself. If the material is non-fiction, then it should be what you feel is the three most important chapters in the book. With fiction you typically want to send the first three chapters of the book. If they are written well enough to catch a readerís attention, they should capture theirs also.   

Below are links to the site that had the must comprehensive articles on the subject.

Avoiding Rejections     Submitting Work

Finding an Agent      The Submission Package

Some Synopsis Examples     Synopsis Tips with Checklist

Publishers, agents, and the requirements for submissions. 2012 Writer's Guide

Anyone that has gone through the process, or is going through it,  feel free to add any pertinent information you may have that could guide others.

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Re: Publishers and Agents
« Reply #1 on: 05/27-12:12 »

Invest $30 by buying the current Writer's Market, available at most bookstores. They list publishers, agents, and the requirements for submissions.  Some prefer emailed submissions.  They also list the types of projects they do.  Don't waste your time or theirs by sending them a genre they aren't producing.
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« Reply #2 on: 05/27-12:17 »

You can get it on kindle for $9.12. You don't have to have a kindle. Just download the PC kindle app and you're set. It's a nice app too. I use it, as well as my kindle.

2012 Writer's Guide

I've added the link to the original post.
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« Reply #3 on: 05/27-13:14 »

You can get it on kindle for $9.12. You don't have to have a kindle. Just download the PC kindle app and you're set. It's a nice app too. I use it, as well as my kindle.

2012 Writer's Guide

Sometimes I'm anachronistic.  I like having the Writer's Market in my hands.
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« Reply #4 on: 06/11-00:05 »

Should have thought to update this sooner.

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