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

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"...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

"...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

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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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  • 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: 8.9 x 7.2 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Writing is a full time job. For those of us who are writers AND have other full time occupations the joy of writing can be stolen from all the time it takes to get a book out there. Currently, I'm promoting a published book, trying to get another one published, and writing another. It's a big job! Jeff Herman's guide was suggested to me by a very kind person who thought it might help me in my efforts. I first checked it out from my local library BUT it's HUGE and I wanted to make notes for certain pages. I immediately returned it to the library and ordered my own copy from Amazon. It came a few days later and now takes up a corner of my work space. I've flagged lots of pages and I've even done some high-lighting. I'm excited about having my own copy to keep. I think it's a great resource for anyone who is interested in the field of writing and publishing or even for those who are already there and still trying to navigate their way, like me!
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I have never seen a book like this, that interviews agents as to their preferences, interests, hobbies, successful publications etc. Hopefully I will find an agent in it who will take my book! I will certainly peruse it thoroughly before giving up. Jeff Herman has done us writers a real service.
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Jeff Herman's annual update on the publishing world is a must have resource for writers seeking to sell their work. He not only provides insight into the publishing world, he explains the elements involved in understanding the query/submission process, along with an updated and descriptive listing of top agents and publishers. I found "Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2012" a valuable resource in my search for a literary agent.
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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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