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    Where to send a novel?

    Hi, Do you find that finding where to send your completed novel is a problem? I have tried to research where to send mine, but have come across many publishers who state that they only deal with agents, or they simply aren't accepting submissions at all. My novel is a coming of age story, regarding friendship, music, and struggling to find our way in life. I don't know where to send it. Does anyone have any suggestions? Should I try to find an agent? Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1979ok View Post
    Hi, Do you find that finding where to send your completed novel is a problem? I have tried to research where to send mine, but have come across many publishers who state that they only deal with agents, or they simply aren't accepting submissions at all. My novel is a coming of age story, regarding friendship, music, and struggling to find our way in life. I don't know where to send it. Does anyone have any suggestions? Should I try to find an agent? Thank you.
    Yes, you need an agent. The only publishers I know of who have picked up un-agented novels are small, cottage industry type “independents” who, while potentially well-intentioned and halfway-competent, are unlikely to possess the resources to really do any of what you probably want a publisher for: like Marketing, for instance. So, you might as well self-publish. There’s some exceptions to that, like specialist publishers who target super niche markets, but for regular fiction not so much.

    Query agents or throw all in on self-publishing. Anything else is probably a waste of time.
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    First, if you haven't already, I suggest getting other eyes on your manuscript. It's amazing what errors and such others will catch that you didn't. It needs to be polished to have a shot because competition is fierce.

    After that, yes, I'd try to get an agent. Years ago, the big publishers accepted submissions directly from authors but no more. Be sure to research potential agents and remember money flows to the writer, not the other way around, so do not accept an agent who wants money directly from you. Their money should come as a percentage of the money you make from the publisher that they find for your book. There are a lot of sharks out there and also a lot of wannabes who don't really know what they're doing.

    Also, congrats on finishing a novel! And good luck.
    Last edited by Ma'am; December 20th, 2019 at 05:47 PM.

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    I suggest starting by picking up a copy of the Writer's Guide to Agents.
    https://www.amazon.com/Guide-Literar.../dp/1440354383

    But, as you use the guide, also check their website for updates. They will have additional info on those pages and expect you to glean them before wasting their time with a query.

    But as Maam said, you should really have that thang proofed and beta tested first.

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    I agree with the advice you have received thus far, but I would add that you also want to be open to other options if agents aren't accepting of it. I tried almost relentlessly for 12 years to get an agent but never landed one and realized that it'll likely never happen, so I submitted to a contest with success and then got a publisher. The difficulty of landing an agent is one reason why self-publishing has become so popular, and some have started that way and had major success, even causing agents to come to them. I would still try agents, but if you've reached out to them for many years without any success, as I did, alternate routes may be worth considering.
    Last edited by Dan Rhys; December 20th, 2019 at 06:23 PM.
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