posted on Aug, 9 2005 @ 09:53 PM
The best bit of advice I can give regarding getting your first book published is this: put it in your desk and leave it until you write at least one
more book. This is advice I have been given from a number of published authors and I think it is sound advice.
When you complete your first book, you are understandably excited. You foresee getting it published and living off the sales for the rest of your
life. However, when a publisher receives a book, they are looking for a number of things: is the book marketable? Is the genre popular at the
Although you may think that a manuscript is completed, to compete with the thousands of others publishers receive every day, it must be truly
polished. Therefore, finish your book, put it aside and write another one. When you come back to it, you will wonder how you ever thought it was ready
to submit, believe me.
But, if you're determined to get it published now, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
* Most publishers will not accept unsolicited manuscripts. They require either that you contact them through an agent or that your manuscript be
evaluated by a professional and reputable Editorial Consultant or Manuscript Appraisal company. These companies will assess your manuscript in terms
of pacing, structure and other things that a publisher will look for. To find either one of these, simply look in your phone book or don't be afraid
to ring a publishing house and ask them to recommend a service.
* Get hold of a list of publishing companies that publish works of the same kind as your novel (sci-fi, fantasy, historical, etc). Get your agent (or
do it yourself after you have your manuscript professionally evaluated) to send them a letter outlining your interest in having your book published.
Ask if they want to see a treatment (a small run-down of what your novel is about) or a full manuscript.
* Don't give up. It takes most professional writers many years of tears and knock-backs and unemployment cheques before they do get published. Take
rejection well and keep trying. If your story is good, it WILL be published eventually.
Feel free to ask me any more questions you might have. I know a little bit about writing and I'd be happy to look over your story for you, for what
[edit on 9/8/05 by Jeremiah25]