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Review of Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents


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

http://www.amazon.com/Hermans-Publishers-Editors-Literary-Agents/dp/1402243375/

http://www.jeffherman.com/about-the-agency/jeff-herman/

Jeff Herman’s Guide is the best jam-packed book of good information for writers I have ever read. It is more than two inches thick and has 1,094 pages. The font size is large enough that I don’t need a magnifying glass to read it. It gives a broad picture of how authors, agents, and publishers work together. It gives vital information about publishers, agents, and book doctors (editors) to help writers achieve the goal of getting their manuscripts published. It has the keys to publication success. It’s sold more than 350,000 copies. I keep it close to my computer and take it with me on vacation. I think if I use the resources inside, I will get my work published. If you can get a copy from the library or purchase a copy, I believe it holds the keys to your publication success, too.

The book has the following ingredients:

1.      Big Publisher Multi-National Conglomerates

2.      Independent United States Publishers

3.      Canadian Book Publishers

4.      University Presses

The first four sections of this book are about publishers. It gives you book publishers and the names of their editors when the book went to press. He gives you the big conglomerates, independent book publishers, and Canadian publishers, and university presses. It has picture symbols to denote different genres: religious (cross), romance (heart), children’s books (school bus), and others for adult, poetry, fantasy, etc. By browsing for a certain icon, you can quickly find publishers who are interested in your genre.

Each category lists the snail mail address, phone number, and website. It tells the history of the company. It lists the titles published. It tells you what genres each publisher is looking for and which the publisher does not accept. It gives submission guidelines. It tells whether a publisher accepts only agented material or if they will accept unsolicited manuscripts. Even though Jeff took great care to print the latest publisher guideline information in his book, it is very important to check the website for up-to-date submission guidelines before you submit a manuscript.

Follow a publisher or agent’s latest guidelines. If you don’t read and follow their guidelines, publishers, editors, and agents deem that you are not ready for publication. To get an advantage in being chosen, follow the submission guidelines.

5.      Literary Agents – It explains the job of a literary agent. It tells you his hobbies and personal interests, too. It lists the snail mail address, phone number, and website. It tells the history of the agency. It tells if he is a member of the Association of Author Representatives. It’s a good idea for your agent to belong to this association. It lists authors the agent represents, along with the published book titles. It tells subjects and categories that interest him and those he definitely, absolutely, positively does not want.

6.      Advice for Writers – Essays about unsolicited manuscripts, query letters, proposals, author-agency contracts, self-publishing, and future of publishing. It contains samples of good query letters and proposals.

7.      Independent Editors (Book Doctors) – Information about editors that Jeff Herman trusts. You can choose one according to their experience, reputation, and the authors for whom they edited manuscripts. Sometimes these editors recommend you to an agent or a publisher.

8.      Resources for Writers – Lists book titles, websites, and blogs that help writers improve their craft in adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction.

9.      Glossary – Contains definitions of important writing terms.

10.  Index – Has page numbers for publishers, editors, literary agents, and subjects mentioned in the book.

My Suggestions for using Jeff’s Guide:

1.      Borrow the book from the library or a friend or purchase it.

2.      Purchase a notebook (spiral or bound) or make a computer file with your favorite word processing software, like Microsoft Word or Microsoft Works.

3.      After you read each section, make a list of ten publishers, agents, and book doctor editors who are a good match for you and your book(s). Write the name of your manuscript you plan to send them. Put page number in Jeff’s book, so you can go back to it.

4.      Highlight three to send query letters or cover letters with manuscript.

5.      Write down the submission guidelines. Put a link to the website. If they accept email submissions, include the email address. Write the name of editor who receives the submission queries. Follow a publisher or agent’s latest guidelines. If you don’t read and follow their guidelines, publishers, editors, and agents may decide that you are not ready for publication. To make sure they choose you, follow their submission guidelines. UsePubSub3rdFri posts to help get your submission(s) ready.

6.      Send off three submissions. Get a certificate from PubSub3rdFri to celebrate your submissions. Reward yourself.

Thanks for reading my blog. I hope reading my blog inspires you to Never Give Up on yourself or your writing.

To enter a contest to win a free copy of a book, follow the directions below:

Sign up for an email subscription from the “Sign me up” block from the top of the left hand column. The 50th person to subscribe by email from the left will receive a free paperback copy of Flip Flap Floodle or a 1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer.

I will enter all email subscribers at midnight (EST) on January 18, 2011 into a random drawing to win a free copy of Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2011. Sign up for an email subscription from the “Sign me up” block from the top of the left hand column.

I will enter everyone who leaves a comment on this post by midnight (EST) Tuesday, January 18, 2011 into a random drawing to win a free copy of Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2011.

I will enter each person who leaves a comment on My Interview with Jeff Hermanblog post by midnight (EST) Tuesday, January 18, 2011 into a random drawing to win a free copy of Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2011.

Read Roxie’s Blog interview with me http://wp.me/pBU4R-BG, then leave a comment on my blog post https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/roxie-put-me-in-the-spotlight-on-her-blog/ by noon (EST) on Monday, February 14, 2011, you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win a free copy of Flip Flap Floodle.

My sincere thanks to Jeff Herman and his publicist, Beth Pehlke, for donating three free copies of his book for these contests and allowing me to review his book and interview him on my blog. I am very honored that she chose me.

I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to share a link to my blog with others. Use email, Facebook, Twitter, or other means to share.

Never Give Up

Joan Y. Edwards

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Copyright 2011 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.

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14 Responses

  1. Your tips on making the most of the book are great. What a challenge to find 10 names of folks to contact.

    Thanks for the review. I will definitely be checking out the book next time I’m in my local bookstore.

    Elizabeth

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    • Dear Elizabeth,
      Thanks for leaving a comment telling me that my tips for making the most of Jeff Herman’s Guide are great. When you get the book in your hands, you’ll discover that getting ten names of folks will be easier than you think.
      Good luck with your publishing goals. Do something good for yourself today!
      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator
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      Flip at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flap-Floodle-Joan-Edwards/dp/1594572852/
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  2. Hi Joan,

    Jeff Herman’s guide is packed with precious gems. I especially like that Jeff names authors and book titles that agents represented. That information can be difficult to locate. It is also very helpful to have the names of book doctors he considers trustworthy.

    Joan, you did an outstanding job with this post. I especially liked the suggestion of making a list that matches each manuscript to potential publisher, agent, book doctor, etc.

    Thanks so much for reviewing this great book in so much detail. All your readers will benefit, as will Jeff’s.

    Linda A.

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    • Dear Linda,
      Thanks for the compliment about Jeff’s book. It is indeed packed with precious gems. He gives writers information they need to get published. It’s a gift right inside his book.
      Thank you for saying I did an outstanding job with my review of Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents. I wanted to show enough detail that readers would realize how much they could benefit by reading it.
      Do something good for yourself today. Celebrate being a writer.
      Never Give Up.

      Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator
      Flip Flap Floodle http://www.joanyedwards.com/FlipFlapFloodle.htm
      Flip Flap Floodle at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flap-Floodle-Joan-Edwards/dp/1594572852/
      Never Give Up Blog http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com
      Elder Care Guide http://www.joanseldercareguide.weebly.com

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  3. Thanks for the review, Joan! I haven’t been submitting lately, but it’s a new year! This book sounds like a great place to start!

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    • Dear Samantha,
      You’re very welcome for the review of Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents. It was my pleasure. It is a great place to start when you are ready to submit your work. You have really good stories. They deserve to be sent out to find their home in the publishing world. Take a step toward your goal. Do something to celebrate being a writer today!
      Never Give Up!
      Joan Y. Edwards

      Flip Flap Floodle http://www.joanyedwards.com/FlipFlapFloodle.htm
      Flip Flap Floodle at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flap-Floodle-Joan-Edwards/dp/1594572852/
      Never Give Up Blog http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com
      Elder Care Guide http://www.joanseldercareguide.weebly.com

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  4. Dear Joan, Thanks for opening my eyes to the wealth of information packed in Jeff Herman’s book. Even though I am not submitting right now, I believe I’ll benefit by having a greater understanding of how the publishing industry works. So when I am ready to submit I will know a lot more about who to submit to, and it will save me a lot of time. I can also use the resources for writers too. Thanks again and may all the best success come to you as you encourage writers near and far, no matter where we are in our journey.

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    • Dear Lara, Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you believe you will benefit by having a greater understanding of how the publishing industry works by reading Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishing, Editors, and Literary Agents. It’s certainly helped me. When you’re ready, you’ll know exactly where to send your masterpieces. You do great writing. It’s good to send it off to find its place in the publishing world. You’re welcome for my sharing the contents of this great resource with you. Thanks for your good wishes for my success. Do something good for you!

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator Flip Flap Floodle http://www.joanyedwards.com/FlipFlapFloodle.htm Flip at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flap-Floodle-Joan-Edwards/dp/1594572852/ Never Give Up Blog http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com Elder Care Guide http://www.joanseldercareguide.weebly.com

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  5. Joan,

    This sounds like one of the most useful writing books on the planet.

    Sometimes I wish I had more money to spend on writing-related stuff… especially books… Although I’d like more money to spend on other books too.

    ~Dianna

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    • Dear Dianna,
      If you have a manuscript ready to submit, this book will definitely help you. It has sample query letters, sample proposals, editors (book doctors), publishers of every kind, and literary agents to meet your needs. I believe you’re right, it does sound like one of the most useful writing books on the planet. Perhaps your library has it or will purchase it if you recommend it. It’s sold over 350,000 copies. Good luck in the publication of your writing. Do something good for you right now.
      Smile, Giggle, Laugh
      Never Give Up!
      Joan Y. Edwards

      Flip Flap Floodle http://www.joanyedwards.com/FlipFlapFloodle.htm
      Flip at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flap-Floodle-Joan-Edwards/dp/1594572852/
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      Elder Care Guide http://www.joanseldercareguide.weebly.com

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  6. Hi Joan,

    I just received my prize this week.
    Thank you for the contest and all the great information.

    Jeff Herman and Beth Pehlke: I appreciate your providing copies of the book for folks like me to win!

    Now, to go devour the book and find an agent…

    Elizabeth

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    • Dear Elizabeth,
      You’re welcome for the contest. It was fun. I am indebted to Jeff Herman and Beth Pehlke for choosing me to interview Jeff and for donating the books. Hip Hip Hooray for you for entering the contest.
      I hope you find the information to set you on the doorstep of publication in Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards
      http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com

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  7. I found this site and the info you provided very insightful and helpful. Thank you.

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    • Dear Mike,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you found my site and the information I provide insightful and helpful. You are very welcome. It’s my pleasure.

      Do something to celebrate you today!
      Empower yourself to believe beyond what you can see!
      Joan

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