Despite what you hear on the publishers to accept bids as agents, and about what an agent can do for a writer, there are many cases in the silence you do not necessarily need an officer. This is good news at a time when it seems fewer agents than ever are open to new talent.
Small Publishers and specialized
The small-publishers and there are now more than ever, most of them outside New York City-are perfectly happy to accept Usually presentations directly from writers. In fact, I found thatmany of them are intimidated by literary agents, and prefer to work with writers directly.
You can find the names and addresses of small publishers, university presses regional press, in literary Market Place (LMP). This volume finden Sie experience in the reference department of almost any library. It includes a list of publishers by subject. If you believe that your novel has a niche audience that makes good for one of these publishers, or has a regional appeal that makes it a good bet for a local publisher, (An example would be a story based on a local historical incident ) try submitting directly. Unless you have a good reason to do otherwise (for example, the instructions of the editor), start with a query letter and adequate monitoring.
major publishers willing to work Live
There are a few major publishers quietly openly state thatthey are willing to receive data directly from writers. This is not to say that they are happy to receive unsolicited manuscripts. This means they are ready to receive writers query letters and manuscripts will ask to see that sound promising. When you submit your manuscript in response to the invitation of the editor to do so, it becomes stressed.
In directories like the author’s market, you can find out if an editor is open to submissions unagented. So you can visit the website of a publisher you have in mind; Often you will find submission guidelines. submission policies differ greatly; Preferences of a company always replace traditional practice.
A notable example of a publisher has not only opened to materials unagented but even encourages it (taking periodic contests and writing competitions) is Harlequin, the largest publisher of romance in the world , whose divisions include Harlequin himself and Silhouette, Spice, Mira, HQN, Kimani Press, Steeple Hill, Red Dress Ink, Luna, and in the Library world. These lines are in good imprints published contemporary romance in all its variations, historical romance, romantic suspense, fiction of ordinary women, “chick lit,” fantasy inspired fiction, African American fiction, and even eroticism. The Company does not accept unsolicited manuscripts, but requires a query letter containing specific components, as well as a letter synopsis of your novel. Visit their website at http://www.eHarlequin.com and read their instructions to authors.
TIP :. Most publishers genre fiction (romance, mystery, horror, adventure men, etc.) are open to requests directly from writers
There are other ways to get editors to consider your work without an agent, even if the work of publishers for publishers whose official policy is not to accept unagented material.
You may know someone, or know someone who knows someone whose books are published by large publishing houses of one. If so, as someone for a referral. If this is impossible, that the authorization to use the name of that person and sent a query letter with SASE (a self-addressed stamped envelope) to mention that the name from the start. Chances are good editor will agree to look at your manuscript, if only out of politeness.
If you attend a conference or a congress of writers and answer the editor who publishes the kind of book that you have written, asking permission to send your manuscript. If the editor decides, send your manuscript to the minute you get home, being sure to mention where you met the editor and he or she agreed to read your book. Put this information early in your cover letter, therefore for Assistant screening submissions will be sure to see it and place it on the job “look”!
TIP: When you send material in response to an agent or at the invitation of the editor mark the outside of the envelope requested items. This way, your package will not work itself into the dreaded slush-pile the stack of unsolicited manuscripts that receive little or no attention.
Perhaps you happen to know that the publisher publishes what you write. If so, just ask if you can submit your manuscript. Few people put on trial in this way have the courage to say no. You will get a read, and if your novel is as good as I hope it is your friend, relative or acquaintance will be glad he or she said yes.
Oh, what the heck!
Do not say it, but despite their “official policy,” many major publishers are entitled to be closed hardware unagented do OPENQUERY letters, and ask to see the manuscripts. If you are a publisher Certain specific to a particular publishing house would be perfect for your novel, what have you to lose by sending a request and SASE? The worst can not happen is that you will receive no answer.
In addition, a few weeks ago I received a call from a woman whose first approach to the editor at one of the largest publishers of New York, through a query letter, with no special connection or recommendation. She and the publisher has signed a contract for two books healthy. If you do not have an agent, but are wanting to get your writing career going, try one or more of the above techniques. I see them working for many writers.
Evan Marshall, president of the Evan Marshall Agency, is a former book publisher and packager. He recently co-authored and published The Martha Jewett Marshall Plan® Novel Writing Software, based on the guides of his bestseller The Marshall Plan (R) writers. Evan is so the author of a number of popular mystery novels, including “death is disposable” and “Evil Justice.” Visit http://www.writeanovelfast.com and download free 77-page guide with tips Evan Fiction Makeover and ideas on writing a great novel.