- Series: Writers Market Library
- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Writers Digest Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582971528
- ISBN-13: 978-1582971520
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,180,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Agents, Editors and You: The Insider's Guide to Getting Your Book Published (Writers Market Library) 1st Edition
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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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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.
The information here is current and clear.
~review by Joan Mazza, author of six books, including Dreaming Your Real Self.
I find only two dog eared pages after reading the book. I had either read the information in it years ago in other books, or it did nothing for my main desire when I bought the book. Which was a list of reputable agents.
I dog eared "zero in on potential agents", and that Literary agents are the exact same as an editor of days gone by, with the same heavy work load. That electronic submission was not an in thing.
I live in Germany and do not have a used book store to get rid of it in. Any good book I have is full of dog ears no matter what it is. If it has no dog ears it is not a good book. I do not recomemend it.
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.