While I was on vacation, I read two books that I highly recommend that you read and study:
1. Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye by Katharine Sands
It gives advice and information in 40 different chapters from the point of view of different agents about agenting, pitches, query letters, proposals.
From reading this, I discovered four ideas that spoke to me.
1). Jane Dystel will keep trying 20 times or more to get your work published. Here is a link to her agency: http://www.dystel.com/
2). Sheree Bykofsky says don’t make changes you don’t 100% agree with. Here is a link to her agency: http://www.shereebee.com/
3). Joseph Regal says if you don’t feel completely comfortable with every page and part of your story, go back and rework it. Here is a link to his site: http://www.regal-literary.com/About.html
4). Michael Larsen says an outline is one line for each page of your story. Here is a link to his site: http://www.larsen-pomada.com/lp/index.cfm
2. Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2011: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! by Jeff Herman
Free chapter from Jeff Herman’s website: http://www.jeffherman.com/articles/when-nothing-happens/
Jeff Herman’s book gives you book publishers, names of their editors, and literary agents. He gives you the big conglomerates, independent book publishers, and university presses. For each category he gives you titles they have published, what they are looking for, what they’re not looking for, links to websites, guidelines, and a history of the publishers and agents. It lists whether the publisher accepts unsolicited submissions and indicates those who communicate only with agents.
After you read each section, it would be good to make a list of the agents and publishers who are a good match for you and your book(s). I wrote them down in a notebook. I plan to put the first three in each category in my computer and list them in order of how I plan to contact them for which story that I’ve written. Put a link to their website and submission guidelines. Then check to see if the guidelines have changed. Follow a publisher or agent’s latest guidelines. If you don’t follow the guidelines, you are choosing to be overlooked. If you don’t read and follow the guidelines, you are not ready for publication.
Herman’s book has icons to denote different genres: cross-religious, heart-romance, school bus-children, and others for adult, poetry, fantasy, etc. I really appreciated that because I was searching for publishers of religious work, children, and adults.
The book is very thick – probably more than 2 inches. It has over 1,000 pages. The font size is great. I didn’t have to get a magnifying glass to read it.
It also lists many resources at the back. It gives you a broad picture of how authors, agents, and publishers work together. It has the keys to publication. I plan to keep it close to my computer.
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