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Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents, 22E: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! (Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, & Literary Agents) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1402260612 ISBN-10: 140226061X Edition: 22nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, & Literary Agents
  • Paperback: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; 22 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140226061X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402260612
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 2.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...an extraordinary compilation of data about the many publishing houses that exist, what their preferences are, who their personnel are, and everything else you need to know. The same applies to the section on agents and to independent editors who can assist a writer. Herman has a track record of representing bestselling authors and this guide will prove a worthy investment." - Book Reviews By Alan Caruba

"...if you want to know everything you need to do to catch the eye of an editor or publisher, check out this book. Maybe you'll be the 1% that makes it through – which, for most writers, is an offer they can't refuse." - Book Pleasures

About the Author

Jeff Herman is one of the world's most successful literary agents, having represented such bestselling authors as Ken Fisher, Jack Canfield, and Mark Victor Hansen. He has personally brought hundreds of writers into publication and helped launch thousands of careers. A frequent guest speaker, he lives in Stockbridge, MA.

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This book is actually really amazing and helpful.
PGAdair
I found "Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2012" a valuable resource in my search for a literary agent.
Pat
Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents is just what the name says it is.
James Minard

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ali Vossughy on December 9, 2011
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The book has plenty names of Publishers and agents, however the agents are not listed by genre and since you need to find an agent prior to being published, it makes the search difficult.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By PGAdair on November 14, 2011
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This book is actually really amazing and helpful. There are detailed sections on what each publishing company wants and will publish, what editors are like and how to work with them, specific agents at different agencies and what they are interested in agenting, and even information for the first timers that are just getting into the idea of getting their work published. This is good for some one who has zero knowledge of how on earth to begin to publish a book. For those who have published, but need a new agent, this book is for you too. The literary agent section is enormous, and gives you good insight to each of the agents interviewed for this book.

I'm still going through and highlighting certain agents that I would be interested in contacting (because the agent the type of books I write). There are a few in there that are just plain scary sounding, but others that just seem open and very friendly. Overall, I really love this book. It's given me not only ground to stand on so I can get my barrings in the publishing business, it's supplied me with the tools and the know how to get started on building a career there.

Very highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lylyanna on October 22, 2012
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After spending a lot of money on other online-recommended Agent search books, a very kind agent told me to get Jeff Herman's Guide even after she rejected my query letter. Best thing she could have done. The information in the Guide saves a lot of time and effort so you don't waste your time querying agents who aren't a good fit for your work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Bludis on February 6, 2012
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Any unagented writer who does not have a recent copy of "Jeff Herman's Guide" is well behing the curve. I get a new one every two or three years. Editors change, Agent's change, addresses and tastes change. Jeff Herman keeps us up to date. [...]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Minard on January 6, 2012
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Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents is just what the name says it is. It's also interesting to read.

I sympathize with the fellow who wanted people divided into genres. However, reading the Guide will show one reason that would be very difficult. A single agency, agent or editor may have at least half a dozen interests, in addition to those suggested by the books they've been involved with or other information.

I suppose some sort of searchable database might accomplish the goal. Some books contain a CD, but those add to the cost. One book gives a web address, advertising that saves the reader the cost of the CD.

However, as I worked on my book I found it interesting just to read the Guide. It shows what interests are out there. That should have some influence on any person who wants to write something that will attract an agent or editor.

I find Herman's Guide fascinating reading and very useful. Of course, editors and agents change, so one should supplement the Guide by looking at web sites. I recently found one agent was no longer associated with an agency. He appeared to have set off on his own. There's nothing wrong with that, but when I finally contacted the fellow, he showed signs of paranoia.

(I know that's true because when I described the interaction to my wife as factually as I could she said, "Forget him!" OK, that's not a true clinical diagnosis, but it was my feeling too. He'd offered a workshop with an attractive title so I wondered in an e-mail if it was coming up or he had already given it. He saw my e-mailed question as a "scolding.")

It's good to see agents and editors at writers' meetings. I met the Hermans at one and found them healthy and delightful.
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As a neophyte writer I found this as a invaluable introduction to the field. I use it continually to research potential publishers for my work.
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This is a very good resource that tell you exactly what agents and editors are looking for. The book gives you addresses and email contact information
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By Stephen J Fennell Sr. on October 11, 2013
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It was a good book that provided the information I needed to chose the publisher for my upcoming book. Please check out my book when it's published. The title has been held, but the author is Stephen J. Fennell, Sr.
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