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Featured Topic: How to Get Your Book Published
LeeCarver wrote:Scott, your introductory comments (written in 2011) indicate that typical steps in the process of traditional publishing is to get an agent, get a publisher interested by writing a query letter, and receiving an advance while the author writes the book. My experience and that of my author friends is that the book must be written--very well--in order to even get an agent. Advances are for authors who have already published successful books. I have an excellent agent, but I had to pitch a completed book to even get her interested in representing me. I'm now a "hybrid" author--both trad and indie published.
Thanks for clarifying that, that's what I thought. Was confused for a moment thinking I didn't need to have a completed manuscript first.
Perhaps I am giving away my screenplay background, but to develop a one line hook, and start with it to get attention, is one of the approaches I have employed with results.
However, research is the first key. Researching to be as close to certain as you can be the agent to whom you are writing is likely to view your query favorably. If they say they will not accept sci-fi, then please do not waste your time or theirs. And always take a look at their recently published books as you might find what they are getting published contradicts what they are asking for.
It is not merely a matter of quantity of queries, it is a matter of targeted quality
Marcus A. Nannini