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First steps to finding an agent or publisher #AmEditing #AmWriting #Authors #Submissions #Agents #Publishers #Publishing

So, you’ve completed your manuscript and now want to find a home for it. Your next step, if you’re not interested in self-publishing,  is to try to find an agent or publisher.

But where do you start?

There is so much to consider and it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the information and advice available. I’m going to try to consolidate some of the information for you here.

First, you need to find out who will be the best fit for your manuscript. There’s not point sending it to a romance publisher if it’s a horror, you’ll be wasting everyone’s time doing that.

  • Research publishing houses who specialise in your genre
  • Look at other authors in your genre and see who they are represented by

Second, once you have a list of target publishers, research them.

  • Are they open for submissions?
  • If not, do they detail when they will be open?
  • Will they accept submissions directly from authors?
  • What do they want in a submission?
    • Check their needs very carefully, you will not make a good impression if you ignore their requirements

Third, do you need an agent?

  • This can depend on the publisher you want to work with – will they only accept submissions from an agent?
  • Research agents who specialise in your genre
    • Look at their list and make sure you and your manuscript will ‘fit’ on it
  • Are they taking submissions?
    • Check their needs very carefully, you will not make a good impression if you ignore their requirements

Fourth, putting your submission package together.

  • Make a list of publishers and agents you want to target
    • Check their specific needs
    • Tailor each submission to the person in question.
    • Ensure you have followed their needs to the letter. You will not make a good impression by ignoring or not paying attention to their needs

Once you’re ready to hit send on the email – STOP!

Get it checked over either professionally or by someone in the industry who can help you spot any mishaps and provide their critical feedback.

To introduce my new Submission Critique and Editing Service, over the next few weeks I will be sharing insider information from publishers and agents to help you create an outstanding submission package, from creating a superb cover letter to nailing your synopsis, I will guide you to making a fantastic first impression.

Let me know if you have any specific questions and I’ll do all I can to answer them for you.

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