There are a lot of things to know about the publishing industry. The first of these things is to know that there are a lot of vanity presses out there. One way you can tell is if they constantly advertise that they are not a vanity press. Another is if they ever charge you ANY kind of fee. Writers get paid to write. Period. There are also a lot that APPEAR to be a good, legitimate presses but are not. A few of those are, Strategic Book Publishers, Publish America, Book Surge press Tate Publishing and many others. If you want to submit to a publisher it is always best to first have an agent. Most publishers will not take unsolicited manuscripts anyway, meaning you need an agent. If you find an independent or small press publisher who does not require you to have an agent, it is fine to submit to them. TALK TO ME and do your research before signing ANYTHING! I can help you. If you want to know how to write a query letter to submit, there are many things online. Google it or email me. There are also many lists of agents and publishers online. Be sure to submit only to the companies that publish your genre.
Step 1. You need to write what is called a query letter. It's a ONE page cover letter describing you and your book. You can easily look up some examples on google to help you out.
Step 2. Google literary agents. If you google it, you will most likely get a list of agents with their addresses. ONLY send your query letter to the agents who publish YOUR genre. Do not ever send your book to anyone unless they specifically ask for it, they will throw it away without even looking at it. Sometimes they want the query and synopsis, or 3 sample chapters. Just send what they ask for. No more, no less.
Step 3. BE PATIENT. It usually will take months to get a response. You have to wait.
There are also independent publishers you can submit to that may not require you to have an agent. For a new writer, that would be easiest. If they accept email AND snail mail ALWAYS go with snail mail. It is more professional. Some only accept email submissions so feel free to email the ones who ask for it.
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Here is how to write a killer query letter.
A query letter is a single page cover letter, introducing you and your book. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s not a resume. It’s not rambling saga of your life as an aspiring writer. And for the love of god, it is NOT more than one-page. Trust me on this.
A query letter has three concise paragraphs: the hook, the mini-synopsis, and your writer’s biography. Don’t stray from this format. You won’t catch an agent’s attention by inventing a creative new query format. You’ll just alienate your chances of being taken seriously as a professional writer. A query letter is meant to elicit an invitation to send sample chapters or even the whole manuscript to the agent. It’s not meant to show off how cute and snazzy you can be by breaking formatting rules and going against the grain. Keep it simple. Stick to three paragraphs. The goal is to get the agent to read your book, not to blow you off because you screwed up the introduction.
Paragraph One—The Hook: A hook is a concise, one-sentence tagline for your book. It’s meant to hook your reader’s interest, and wind them in.
Paragraph Two—Mini-synopsis: This is where you get to distill your entire 300 page novel into one paragraph
Paragraph Three—Writer’s bio: This should be the easiest part of your query. After all, it’s about you, the writer. Okay, so it’s a bit daunting, especially if you’ve never been published, never won any awards, hold no degrees from MFA writing schools, and possess no credentials to write your book. No problem. The less you have to say, the more space you have for your mini-synopsis. Always a plus.
If you do choose to construct a writer’s bio (and you should), keep it short and related to writing. Agents don’t care what your day job is unless it directly relates to your book. Got a main character who’s a firefighter, and that’s your day job? Be sure to say that. Otherwise, scrap it. Education is helpful because it sounds good, but it’s only really important if you’re offering a nonfiction book about A.D.D. children and you hold a PhD in pediatric behavioral science. If you’ve published a few stories in your local newspaper, or a short story in a few literary magazines, or won any writing awards or contests, now’s the time to list the details. Don’t go hog wild, but don’t be too modest either.
Your Closing: As a formal closing, be sure to do two things. First, thank the agent for her time and consideration. Second, alert the agent that the full manuscript is available upon request. And in case you still don’t believe us, we want to reiterate: don’t query agents until you’ve finished your full fiction manuscript. Agents will want to read the whole novel before they offer representation to you and your book.
I hope this helps.