Finding a book publisher

April 29, 2007 12:15pm CST
OK I've finished the novel, at last! now I need to find a publisher. I've approached several agents, but just got rejections back. Anyone got any suggestions for the best way of going about finding a publisher?
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@KATRINKA (1660)
• United States
29 Apr 07
I think the best response anyone can give you is perserverence. Don't stop submitting. Make sure your book proposal and/or query letter is succinct but also makes the publisher/agent want more. Define your target market. Target those publishers and agents who deal with those markets. Look on the acknowledgments pages of your favorite books (if they're similar in style or genre as yours). Many authors thank their agents. Target those. Never sign on with an agent who asks for money up front. Dopn't send the entire manuscript unless they ask for it.If a rejection comes back, send out more proposals. I wish you the best.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
29 Apr 07
First of all, congratulations on finishing your novel! That was a great accomplishment! If I were you, I would consult references such as LMP (at your library) and the 2007 Writer's Market for names of publishers. I'd narrow my search to likely publishers who specialized in my novel's genre and send each one a query letter. I would also approach other agents who specialized in my novel's genre as well. If you give up too soon, you'll never get published. To win at this game, you've got to keep trying and don't worry about rejections. Giving up after 4 or even 100 rejections is giving up too soon. Best of luck in your efforts!
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@brand4less (1061)
• Indonesia
29 Apr 07
hi, u can try this site: http://scriptblaster.com/bookblaster.php it's the site about finding agents and publishers. hope it helps :)
• United States
29 Apr 07
I'm a children's book writer and I've found that simply going to the Publishing section of any bookstore, especially Barnes & Noble would be the best bet. It'd be better to send your synopsis/manuscript directly to publishers instead of going through an agent. If you have a friend whom you trust with your work to edit and proofread it, have them proofread it and send it to a publisher. I bought Children's Writer & Illustrator's Market and it was a gem. It had a list of publishers and what they're looking for. Find the person who writes that and base that on a novel. Good luck. Publishing is a long process and finding the right one who accepts your work isn't as easy as sending out your work. I've gotten rejections and am still looking for someone to accept my work.
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• United States
29 Apr 07
What type of works do you work on Justareceptionist? I ask because I'm writing a fiction piece on overcoming bullying. Are there any companies that you could recommend that would take a chance on an unknown?
• United States
30 Apr 07
I write children's books and there are sooo many publishers that will take in unknowns, however, if you're a first-time author, it may be risky for them to accept your work. Publishers have stacks and stacks of manuscripts and synopses on their desks. So, if they don't like what they see come the first sentence, they'll toss it.
@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
5 May 07
Firstly, congratulations on finishing your book! You must be very proud of youself. Lots of people talk about writing a book, but most of them won't start, let alone finish! There are lots of factors - what type of book have you written? Fact, fiction, biographical? What niche will it fill? The best thing to do is find othher books in a similar vein and approach the publishers of those books. It's not always necesary to have an agent, though it can help in some instances. Self publishing is another route, but then there's the hard work of selling your books youself. I'd rather leave that to the publsiher :) As for agents, you also have to do your homeowrk there and find an agent who handles your type of book - no use sending a thriller to someone who specializes in paranormal fantasy. Good luck!
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@Transformed (1262)
• United States
29 Apr 07
Congrats on finishing your novel. What is your novel about? If you want to find a publisher, you don't have to have an agent. It's not mandatory. You could also try self-publishing your novel or you could send an unsolicited manuscript as an unagented (is that a word...I hope so...I'm making it one) author and you'll eventually find a publisher. Whatever your novel is about find 100 publishing companies that specialize in your work and send it to all of them and then some.
3 May 07
Thanks, it's an historical novel set against the backdrop of the last few years of the Napoleonic wars in Spain and Russia. It's a romance also, but a romance in the sense that Romeo and Juliet is a romance. In other words doomed love.