Recently I did a talk for a local group and at the end of the evening a lady came up to me and asked how I managed to get published. I told her I researched for a suitable publisher and contacted them. "How do you know which publisher?" was her next question. Now this isn't the first time I've been asked this so to all those hopeful authors here are the five tips I gave her:
Purchase or borrow a copy of writers' and artists' yearbook. This is filled with both useful articles and page upon page of publisher's details (set out based on genre).
Pop along to your local bookshop. Pull out books similar to your book and note the publisher details. I've found the best method is to take a photograph using my phone.
Search the Internet using terms associated with your book. This will hopefully highlight publishers tip one and two haven't.
Check your own bookshelves and those of family and friends. Again look for books similar to yours and take the publishers contact details.
If you read or know of a magazine that also covers the same subject as your book scour the pages for new books. Often the publisher's details are also supplied and again simply take a note of them.
Once you have a list of possible publishers your next step is to research if they:
- Still publisher 'your' type of book
- Accept un-solicited manuscripts
- Deal with un-agented authors
- Are looking for new books at present or only accept book ideas at certain times of the year
Once you've researched fully you'll have a list of publishers who could be just right for your book. Your next step is to follow their submission guidelines, submit your book idea and wait.
If the above tips spur you into action please pop back and let me know how you get on.
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