|Posted by kerf on February 5, 2017 at 8:30 PM|
Being a writer I want to get on with the process of writing. Having to find a publisher or a literary agent is damned hard work - even harder than writing your manuscript, make no mistake. Finding the right one can be mind numbingly frustrating, its a wonder you have any nails left or hair on your head !
A word to the wise! Before submitting anything to an agent, read their submission requirements carefully, and follow them to the letter. I'm not kidding about this. Agents are usually swamped with requests, and that means they will use any excuse to throw your submission into the cyber trash bin. Check your spelling a zillion times. Address your query to them personally and make sure you mention why you chose them.
A word to the not-so-wise. There are a few unscrupulous people out there who claim to be agents, but who are really out to ensnare writers who are desperate to publish. Do NOT under any circumstances pay an "agent" to read your work, or to edit it. Do NOT get sucked into having your work crowdfunded, or placed before "beta readers." AND DO look agents up on Preditors and Editors, and on AgentQuery. You've worked hard on your book. It deserves good representation. And keep at it. I spent two years searching for a publisher for my non-fiction. I was determined to have one publisher in particular, and in the end I was lucky, they took me on. Don't give up whatever you do. You've probably put years of your life into your work, it deserves the best. If in doubt when presented with a contract, contact your Writers Guild, they're there to help. So, what are you waiting for - go forth and write, and find that publisher then celebrate in style!