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Good number for publishers

PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:13 pm
by kbreezee
Okay so i just got a job which means that i can start on getting my book published. i was wondering how many publishers i should send my book to before i start looking for a literary agent? and where do you suggest i send it?
My story is a for young adults and is about street racing.

Thanks!

Re: Good number for publishers

PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:07 am
by mammamaia
why would you want to query any publishers, instead of trying to get an agent first?

Re: Good number for publishers

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:57 pm
by max2011
I think you should research for agents first. They can get you a better deal. You should still look into publishers if you want to mention to your agent.

Re: Good number for publishers

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:11 pm
by kbreezee
I just want to save some money right now.

Re: Good number for publishers

PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:19 am
by shadowwalker

Re: Good number for publishers

PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:20 am
by mammamaia
if you think you have to pay an agent up front, you'd better study up on the business end of being a writer... agents only get paid when you do... they take 15% of whatever you make on a book and will almost always get you a deal that will pay that much [or more] over what you can get on your own...

Re: Good number for publishers

PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:34 pm
by James A. Ritchie

Re: Good number for publishers

PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:55 pm
by Susan
Hi Kbreeze,

Welcome!

Query agents first. They cost you nothing up front, anything they make comes from the sales of your published book. The agent is your best resource to approaching publishers. Do a search at querytracker.com for agents accepting your genre. Read their guidelines and submit accordingly.

Also, if you write YA, chances are you read it. Look to see if they thank their agents (most authors do). Those would be the ones to start with.

Good luck!

Re: Good number for publishers

PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:31 pm
by AnnabelleCharbit
Yes but agents are not very nice. You're better off going directly to a publisher. I know its not done a s frequently these days, but try.
Good luck

Re: Good number for publishers

PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:30 am
by mammamaia
where did you get the erroneous idea that 'writers are not very nice'?!

and you're not necessarily 'better off going directly to a publisher' because many of the major ones don't accept unagented submissions and in any case, an agent can get you a better deal, will handle the hassle of negotiations and hold your hand throughout the publication process...