Over the course of the past three weeks I’ve covered comp titles, elevator pitches, and the synopsis, so this week I’m going to finish this series with how to query agents and publishers which will tie in all the previous elements and hopefully land you the book deal you’ve been hoping for.
- https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/writers/advice/1012/preparing-for-submission/how-to-find-a-literary-agent/ – 10 Steps to Getting a Literary Agent: This article explains everything you need to do to query literary agents including the all important research element. The article closes with what to do if you are offered representation.
- http://www.fairfieldscribes.com/querying—agents-and-publishers.html – Querying Part 2: Agents and Publishers: This is a fantastic resource with so much information. I suggest making some time to go through everything. It begins with resources on how to find an agent, how to find what agents are looking for or not looking for, how to avoid being scammed, and so much more.
- https://rachellegardner.com/ask-the-agent-query-publisher-or-agent/ – Ask the Agent: Query Publisher or Agent? In this wonderful post, Rachelle Gardner explains the pros and cons of querying an agent over a publisher. There’s some great advice and it’s well worth taking the time to read if you are undecided on the route you want to take.
- https://www.lisatener.com/2017/06/timing-querying-publishers-insights-publishing-industry/ – Timing for Querying Publishers and other Insights into the Publishing Industry: This is a very interesting post with a great section on how to query publishers directly as well as having information on the time frame you can expect.
- https://jerryjenkins.com/how-to-get-a-literary-agent/ – How To Get A Literary Agent: This post looks at the world of publishing, what an agent does and doesn’t do, whether or not you need an agent to be published, and then on to how to actually get one. It ends with a section on what to do once you sent off your submission.
- https://medium.com/the-1000-day-mfa/how-to-find-a-literary-agent-in-10-easy-steps-yeah-right-f7ae479ff905 – How To Find a Literary Agent in 10 Easy Steps: This article focuses on what to do after you’ve sent out your submissions as well where to do your research for finding literary agents. There an excellent piece on what to do once one agent offers to represent you and how to make your decision on who to sign with.
- https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2018/05/when-to-submit-to-publishers-without-an-agent – When To Submit to Publishers without an Agent: Nathan Bransford offers plenty of advice in this post and explains when it’s a good idea to send your book directly to publishers instead of going the traditional agent route.
- https://www.standoutbooks.com/manuscript-rejection-reasons/ – Rejection Reasons: I’m sure you’ve probably heard it before, but it’s not always because your book sucks that you get rejected. This article explores and explains the different reasons why you might receive a rejection. These can often include market saturation, genre issues, submission errors, and timing.
I hope you enjoyed the links and I look forward to bringing you some more Really Useful Links next week. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.
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