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Agents, Editors, and You: The Insider's Guide to Getting Your Book Published (Writer's Market Library) Paperback – May, 2002

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The Herculean effort required to write a book can seem almost negligible when compared with the energy it takes to line up a hardworking agent, a caring editor, and an acceptable contract. Agents, Editors, and You, edited by Michelle Howry, is a substantial primer for the uninitiated. The book is divided into four sections: Preparing and Submitting Your Manuscript, Selling Your Manuscript, Publishing 101, and Trends in Publishing Today. Howry and the publishing professionals included here emphasize that just as a writer's work is scrutinized, so should the writer examine the work of the agent and the editor, the value of the contract, and the promotion plan. Issues of contemporary concern--e-queries, e-publishing, self-publishing, and even an odd riff on anthrax in the mail--are given their due. The many interviews with and essays by well-regarded agents and editors put a human face on what can often seem from the outside like a corporate monolith. And it is particularly nice to know that, at least according to Jonathan Galassi, editor in chief of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, "there's plenty of room for idealism in publishing today." --Jane Steinberg

About the Author

Michelle Howry is currently an editor with Newmarket Press. She has also worked as an editor for Writer's Digest Books, Berkley Books and the Ohio University Press. As a writer and editor, she has contributed to the magazines Writer's Digest, Fiction Writer, Personal Journaling, I.D., and various online publications. She lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Series: Writer's Market Library
  • Paperback: 79 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 1 edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582971528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582971520
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,612,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joan Mazza on September 7, 2002
This collection of articles tells writers what they need to know about many of the most important business aspects of writing a book: what agents do and don't do, how their tasks differ from those of editors, how to choose and attract the interest of an agent, and why you are likely to need one. Unlike many other books published on these subjects, this one discusses recent changes in publishing with bigger conglomerates and e-publishing. Readers will get answers to questions they didn't know enough to formulate, such as specific advice about approaching editors and agents, the value of an agent who belongs to AAR (including their not charging reading fees!), information on book promotion and who does it, and some of the issues involved in self-publishing.
The information here is current and clear.
~review by Joan Mazza, author of six books, including Dreaming Your Real Self.
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Writer's Digest Books Agents, Editors, and You (edited by Howry) is a full of important information for writers about the publishing business.
This book is crucial to those who want to follow good submission procedures, avoiding preventable mistakes that could cost a sale.
There are many ideas related to contacting agents and editors. It is the "Miss Manners" of proper protocol... I'm glad I have this book.
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If you've read many writing guides, this one will be of minimal help. It's a collection of old articles and interviews, most preceeding the 2002 publication date by 1-3 years. There's nothing here you can't find on-line or in a book with more specific help.
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Every publishing experience is different. Each agent and each publisher operates in a different way--but the overall process has many of the same principles. These principles are captured and explained in this excellent compilation of articles from various F & W Publications.

In one concise volume, you will learn about preparing and submitting your manuscript. How to determine if you need an agent, then how to find the right one and what does an agent do anyway? The answers are in this volume.

After you locate an agent or determine if you need one, what are nonfiction editor looking for? What are fiction editors searching for? Or what are children's editors searching for? These questions are answered in these pages.

Finally what is that process after your book is contracted? How do you work with your editor? What expectations should I have after my book is published?

Publishing is constantly changing and there are no permanent answers but I found the wisdom in these pages worthwhile and something I recommend to writers who are looking for solid answers to their questions.

As editor Michelle Howry writes in her introduction, "Getting a book published is an arduous task. It often seems as if the publishing industry itself was structured to make it as difficult as possible for a first-time author to figure it all out. It's challenging, but there is hope. As you'll see throughout this book, agent and editors really are still searching for talented new writers. Use this book like a road map, inside you'll find the information you need to navigate the unfamiliar publishing landscape and find publishing success. Rely on the advice of these "publishing mentors"--along with your amazingly well-written book--to target an agent, wood an editor, and earn a book contract."

Sound words are in these pages. I recommend it.
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