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Old 05-31-2006, 04:56 PM
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I've noticed that this sort of thread is always a good one for getting some discussion going, not to mention - surprise - I'm trying to get published, so I guess there's some self-interest involved.

I'm still in high school, but I've written a good section of a novel, and edited it and revised it quite a bit. I'd be interested in hearing from you all- since I want to get it published with a good company (not just an online start-up), what would be some good advice to doing this? Send it to one publisher at a time, or many? Use email, or send the manuscript via snail mail? Should I worry about getting an agent, so my work gets a bit more attention, or is that not worth the bother?

And going off-topic's fine, as long as the OT stuff has to so with something in this thread. ^_^

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ronoxQ, a few of our members are editors and/or publishers. They may help out with these questions. A few guidelines in the listings in the Commercial Writing forum may help out a little.
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Okay, thanks!
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Many of those things depend on the publisher.

Most big name publishers, who are worth going for, won't except manuscripts from authors who aren't represented. So if you don't want an agent your choice in pubulishers is going to be vastly different, and most likely have a smaller influence on the market.

Your other questions depend on publishers as well. Some allow you to submit your manuscript, while it is submitted to other places as well, while some don't like it. They're all different, but they lay the rules down from the get go.

I know I'm not being too helpful, but it really does depend on the publisher.

I would say try to get an agent if you have the chance to. Or, if you're willing to go for a lesser known publisher, do that.
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This is sort of related. How do you get an agent. I know there are websites that have lists of different agents but I have heard that those aren't very good to use. Is there a better way to get a good agent that is right for you?
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Originally Posted by alia43
How do you get an agent ...
By the throat? Eye sockets? Genitals?

Grrrrrr ...
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Originally Posted by starrwriter
By the throat? Eye sockets? Genitals?

Grrrrrr ...
lol you know what i mean
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Originally Posted by alia43
lol you know what i mean
Write to every literary agent whose address you can locate. Then find something useful to do.
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But have something to present to them....Any agent who will accept someone without a finished manuscript is most likely not a good choice.

Of course that's just a generality.
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Another question sort of related, are there publishers for teens? My english teacher said there maybe are some.
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