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Overview of Traditional Publishing
7/13/2007 2:19:08 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

An overview of Traditional Publishling
Category: Writing and Poetry


I had a post a while back about self-publishing, here's an overview about traditional publishing.

So you've finished your book and it's been edited and rewriten and ready to go? You've decided that self-publishing is out for you so you want a stab at finding a traditional publisher. What do you do?

While some T-publishers will accept unsolicated manuscripts, the vast majority won't. So you'll need an agent.

That's the first step. You need an agent to bridge the gap between you and the publisher. The agent gives your work and voice "legitimacy" and "respectiably," in the word of t-publishing.

There are plenty of "bad" agents out there. Before you go agent hunting, check out the "Preditors & editors" website. They will give it to you straight - if the agent you're interested in is LEGIT. You don't want to be taken to tow by someone who isn't.

TIPS: someone who charges reading fees, might not be on the up and up as an agent.

Get a copy of the Writer's Digest guide to Literary Agents. That will help you to determine to target those agents who cover your genre. You can do internet searches to look for agents as well. http://www.agentquery.com is a valuable asesst here.

Once you make a list of those agents you're going to approach, follow their submission guidelines. Don't give them what they don't want. Most want a cover letter. (and that's probably another post, trust me) and a majority of them want a sample of the work.

Once an agent decides to represent you, you're on your way. Getting one - that's the challenge. You're writing has to be up to snuff. They know good stuff when they see it.

Mind you, you must have a lot of patience when pursuing an agent. These things take time. T-publishing is time consuming. In that regard, self-publishing will gratifity the writer who wants to get their product out there "now."



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More Blogs by S G Cardin
• Writing and Current Publishing Trends - Saturday, May 03, 2008
• Catching up - Thursday, April 10, 2008
• Agent Blogs & misc... - Friday, February 29, 2008
• Review for Destination:Berlin - Friday, February 08, 2008
• I Voted! - Wednesday, February 06, 2008
• Review sites for Indie authors - Thursday, November 29, 2007
• Life & Writing - Tuesday, November 27, 2007
• I'm so far behind...catching up - Saturday, November 17, 2007
• Internet Book Signing! - Monday, October 29, 2007
• Honorable Mention Winner 76th Writer's Digest Competition! - Friday, October 26, 2007
• Misc Stuff, Red Sox, fires & books - Monday, October 22, 2007
• Taking a Look at: The Rejector - Thursday, October 18, 2007
• Foreword/CLARION review for Destination:Berlin - Tuesday, October 16, 2007
• Taking a Look: Writer's Digest Online - Sunday, October 14, 2007
• Live interview for "The Wolf's Torment" w/Reader's Views - Saturday, October 13, 2007
• Official October 07 writing/poetry contest - Thursday, October 04, 2007
• Visit Reader's Views for my interview on The Wolf's Torment - Tuesday, October 02, 2007
• A look at: Reader's Views - Monday, October 01, 2007
• More random thoughts on self publishing & other stuff - Wednesday, September 19, 2007
• Character look at: Theresa von Kracken - Friday, September 14, 2007
• 9/11 - Tuesday, September 11, 2007
• Review for THE WOLF'S TORMENT from Reader Views - Friday, September 07, 2007
• National Be Kind to Writers & Editors month & a character profile - Tuesday, September 04, 2007
• Labor Day & work - Monday, September 03, 2007
• Princess Diana & A character look - Saturday, September 01, 2007
• Character look at: Mihai Sigmaringen - Monday, August 27, 2007
• Internet Marketing Tips & Interesting Characters - Sunday, August 26, 2007
• I just finished reading ''The Diana Chronicles'' - Saturday, August 25, 2007
• Destination: Berlin is avaliable through IUniverse! - Friday, August 24, 2007
• Romance Genre Writing Rules - Wednesday, August 08, 2007
• My recent experiences in novel writing - Monday, July 30, 2007
• Short Story Writing - Friday, July 27, 2007
• Harry Potter #7 Misc. Musings - Wednesday, July 25, 2007
• Thoughts on: Harry Potter, MWSA, and Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love" - Friday, July 20, 2007
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• Noticing Things as a Reader - Thursday, July 12, 2007
• Self publishing with Lulu - Monday, July 09, 2007
• Feeding the Muse and doing the Housework - Saturday, July 07, 2007
• Pros and cons of Self-publishing - Monday, July 02, 2007
• An agent's thoughts on Self-publishing - Saturday, June 30, 2007
• It's been a long time... - Sunday, August 27, 2006
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