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Ditch the Agent: How to find a publisher without the use of a literary agent [Kindle Edition]

Jack King
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Book Description

A writer pens a novel, and decides to share it with the world. Where to begin?

Begin with "DITCH THE AGENT -- The Book for Writers". This no-nonsense book was written in response to hundreds of comments and questions from writers who are frustrated with, or clueless about the North American publishing industry. It answers the most pressing questions on every aspiring author's mind, from creating query letters, to approaching literary agents and editors, submitting a manuscript, dealing with rejections and finding contact information for those elusive editors.

See the entire process, in-depth, from the perspective of a published author, invaluable first-hand experience that will save you time and aggravation, and help secure a publishing deal with a traditional book-publishing house.

DITCH THE AGENT is intended for writers who seek to publish their work with traditional publishing houses, however, all writers are encouraged to read this book, including those who self-publish.

Table of contents:


Books on getting published - why are they not helpful and what makes this one stand out; where the author makes a point that the vast majority of books on getting published, finding an agent, etc., are written by agents or editors, and with their authors' interest in mind; none are representative of the reality of a writer in pursuit of publication.

How to become noticed by the object of your pursuit: the magic of manuscript preparation, common errors made by newbie writers, and tips on making the manuscript stand out of a pile of clones.
• For fiction writers
• For non-fiction writers

Why a query letter is more important than a book. Query and Synopsis, what works, and why create several different queries and synopses.
• Anatomy of a query letter
• A Synopsis

Agents vs. Editors. Does one need an agent? The folly of following and believing in advice found in agent-penned help books.
• What is an editor?
• What is an agent?
• Ditching the Agent

Getting an agent / editor to fall in love with the manuscript. Benefits and disadvantages of querying by email and traditional post. Guerrilla tactics to increase chances of receiving a rejection request to submit a manuscript.
• Careful targeting
• Email or Snail Mail?
• When they do not return your affection
• Keeping track of your affairs
• Making it easier
• Unconsumed relationship fever
• Pleasing yourself

Submitting manuscripts. How to find an ally in an editor's… cat.
• Dos and Don'ts
• Manuscript Editing and formatting
• To ERR, or not to ERR - Exclusive reading rights - ERR
• Cutting costs

The consequences of the fatal attraction. What are rejections? Are they terminal? How to cope with rejections and not allow doubt to kill creativity.
• Sample cures for rejectionitis
• Collection of authentic rejection letters

The importance of negotiating publishing agreements, and why doing it yourself is not black magic.
• Points to consider before signing an agency agreement
• Points to consider before signing a publishing agreement
• A Publishing Contract example

When the excitement dies down; what to expect after the contracts are signed, and how to be your own publicity manager.
• What to expect when you expect [to be published]

Literary agents, publishers and other directories for writers. How to dig out the bone - simple ways to finding agent / editor contact information.
• Glossary - common terms used in the industry
• Directories
• Publishers' contacts

Product Details

  • File Size: 319 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Goat Path Publishing (August 11, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZDO2IU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear Look at Agenting Vs. Submitting Directly July 12, 2014
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Great advice from someone who went through the mill searching for a literary agent. However, the book somewhat belies the title because much of it is about how to find an agent. Also, the author fails to heed his own advice about making sure one's book is copyedited, with several glaring misuses of words occurring, such as "pray" when "prey" was intended and "wet" for "whet." Overall, though, a comprehensive picture of the disadvantages of seeking and using a literary agent versus submitting directly to publishers is presented, and it can be quite helpful to authors.
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I appreciate the honesty Jack King provides about book publishing. Anyone writer interested in becoming an author should read this.
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More About the Author

As a former top-secret government courier, Jack King was privy to all the ins and outs of covert maneuvering on a global scale. He has turned his work experience into a series of novels that resonate with authenticity. The corridors of power, with their backstabbing, greed, and corruption, are the focus points of Jack's books.

Jack's novels include: Agents of Change, WikiJustice, The Black Vault, and The Fifth Internationale

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