Okay the Book is Finished
September 17, 2008 1:51pm CST
I've finished my first mystery novel, had it edited for content as well as grammar and punctuation. Now what? Where is the most likely publisher to look at my book. And where is a good place to learn how to write the letter to them. My book is a "women's" mystery novel - sometimes called "chick lit." It is the first in a series. Thanks.
• Orangeville, Ontario
18 Sep 08
For fiction, it is best to seek out an agent rather than go directly to publishers. Unless invited by the publisher to submit your work, it will not get looked at. That is what an agent is for. They sell your story to the publisher. I have done a lot of reading on this subject, gone to workshops, etc., and I know that self-publishing is becoming a thing of the past. You can submit work directly to a publisher if it is non-fiction. The first place to go is the library. Look for the latest Guide to Literary Agents. Read their requirements and guidelines and follow them to a T. Do not submit mystery novels to an agent who wants nothing to do with mystery novels. You are wasting your time and their's. It also shows that you are not very professional and haven't done your homework. There are also websites that list agents, and also a website listing agents to steer clear of. Sorry, I don't remember the name of it right now. Perhaps someone else will come along with the link. If you have to PAY MONEY just to have an agent read your work, then don't go there. They are just out to get your money and probably don't work very hard at getting you a publisher. Most importantly, don't give up. Even the most famous of authors were rejected several times, even hundreds, before their work was accepted (Stephen King and J.K. Rowling come to mind). I hope I have covered everything. The Guide to Literary Agents should be able to tell you the rest, including how the agents want your manuscript formatted. Follow all the requirements. Good luck!