Getting Published Resources

I) If you want a big book deal with a big publisher, you need an agent


(Note: I pitched agents, got requests for manuscript but never got an offer. Eventually, a small press bought my book)

 

A) generating your list of agents


1) ask contacts on Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, friends, etc -- a referral is best!

 

2) Find comparable or similar authors

https://www.literature-map.com/

 

then find their agents:

https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/ ($25/month)

 

3) search agents by genre:


Querytracker: https://www.agentquery.com

 

4) Other sources of Agents


- good searches for debut fiction authors:

https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/pm/search?ss_c=dealmaker&ss_q=debut+fiction

 

https://www.pw.org/literary_agents

 

http://aaronline.org/Find


Agent's Manuscript Wish List: https://mswishlist.com/

 

4) check conferences to see who is actively looking for new writers and to expand their list.

 

List of conferences:

https://chucksambuchino.com/writing-conferences-and-events/

 

5) Other ways to get an agent besides querying:

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2015/01/4-ways-besides-query-letters-you-can-contact-literary-agents/

 

6) Process of querying: emailing strategy (old but good)


https://bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/2009/07/submissions-101.html

 

 

B) Vetting Agents

 

- Always double check agents' sites to see if still taking queries, still in the business

 

- Writer Beware: https://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/thumbs-down-agency/

 

- On Publishersmarketplace.com check for:

*recent sales

*sales in your genre

*may not want to ditch a new agent, but good to know what their experience is -- if they respond to your query, ask who they would pitch your book to.

 

- Preditors and Editors: pred-ed.com

(off line right now, promises to be back, but has Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/prededitors/

 

C) If you get an offer:

 

https://www.authorsamiellis.com/agent-adjacent

 

https://bookendsliterary.com/2020/06/25/interpreting-a-revise-and-resubmit-by-a-literary-agent/

 

- The contract: https://thewritelife.com/sign-with-a-literary-agent-contract/

 

- more info http://aaronline.org/FAQ

 

 

II) Small presses

 

 

Note: many small presses now require an agent.

 

A) Lists of small presses

 

Top ranked:

 

https://www.awpwriter.org/contests/small_press_publisher_award_previous_winners

 

Google: "Best Small Presses"

 

General Lists:

 

https://www.agentquery.com/publishing_ip.aspx

 

https://duotrope.com/ (charges)

 

https://www.pw.org/small_presses (sortable by genres)

 

https://www.newpages.com/books/publishers (both university and small presses)


https://medium.com/the-nonconformist/the-big-big-list-of-indie-publishers-and-small-presses-5e83e9522b5c


https://newpages.com/books/publishers


https://www.clmp.org/readers/directory-of-publishers/


https://www.literarymarketplace.com/

 

 

B) Vetting

 

https://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/

 

Be sure to visit the small press's website, take out a book by one of their authors, try to contact an author (tried this and didn't have much luck)

 

III) Other options

 

University Presses:

When I looked in 2016, I didn't find many that took novels – some take poetry and memoir.

 

https://aupresses.org/membership/membership-list/

 

Enter a contest (usually includes upfront fees)

 

https://www.pw.org/grants

 

https://manager.submittable.com/opportunities/discover


https://newpages.com/classifieds/writing-contests

 

Vetting contests:

http://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/contests/

 
 

IV) More than you want to know about how I got my first book published, including tips on query letters, agents, etc.


My other website: http://www.theloneliestplanet.com


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