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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Link Salad for the Submitting Writer

Today is a link salad from agents about query letters, the cost of publishing, and what to ask an agent.

Finishing your book and deciding you want to get it published is only the first hurdle in a long marathon. Unfortunately there isn't a nice track either. There are side roads, many that lead into nowhere. So what is an aspiring writer to do? Here is a great link from Writer's Digest on 10 things to do before you even send your query letter out to agents:
http://writersdigest.com/article/Ten_Things_You_Should_Do_Before_Trying_to_Find_an_Agent With querying comes a lot of rejection so be prepared. Be sure to check out great agencies like the Waxman agency. I love what they say about rejection:
http://waxmanagency.wordpress.com/ And read up on other great blogs like Chuck Sambuchino's editors blog. Here he gives advice on what to say and what not to say in a query letter: http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/20+Tips+On+Query+Letters+As+Told+By+Agent+Janet+Reid.aspx

You may want to check out agent Rachelle Gardner's post on whether or not your book is worth it. She breaks down the cost of creating a paperback and a hardback book. It's a real eyeopener and, it will give you an idea of how many books you'll have to sell to make your advance back for your publisher.
http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2009/11/is-your-book-worth-it.html

Once an agent makes an offer take a deep breath and ask questions before you accept it. Finding out what their plan is for your book is vital to having a healthy working relationship with them. Despite the barrage of questions I asked my agent, this one, suggested by literary agent Janet Reid, didn't occur to me: http://ow.ly/ArjY

Best of luck!

3 comments:

  1. I had a wonderful english teacher once as well, she saw somethng in me no other teacher had. She said to me "Kev you have a wonderful imagination but your spelling and grammer are shockin, let me help you with that." So she did, but I left school not too much longer after that, as I was not very academic. It was soon after that she was killed in a car accident. I was despretly Saddened by her death as she was the only teacher I had that reached out to me and looked past what everybody else saw. I dedicated my first novel to her when I wrote it over 20 yrs later. there must be something about english teachers Heather.

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  2. I believe some English teachers (unfortunately not all!)can see the gift in us. The ones that do are very special. I'm glad you had one in your life too!

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  3. Whoot! Love all your links, Heather!

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