Few people outside the publishing industry know about BEA or understand what people do there. Here’s an overview.
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I put out a call to readers to help put an end to the urban myth that one cannot publish two novels without securing an agent first.
Q: Do you know of any writers who have gotten at least two novels published without the aid of an agent, excluding vanity presses?
Book Proposals and the Acquisitions Process – A Publisher’s Perspective: Magic Bullet Q&A for Writers
Writers often ask me what happens when I receive book proposals. Do I offer a contract as soon as I realize I like the book concept? Do I share with colleagues first? What’s the acquisitions process like?
Q: I have put together a poetic tribute to Ogden Nash that I have written and would like to have published but don’t have the money to do so on my own. It contains about 64 poems. I would like to know if you know of anyone who might be interested in publishing it, or […]
Q: I am very new to all this and I have found a children’s book in the public domain I would like to keep pretty much as it is and get it published. I am sure I cannot just copy it and send it off to a publisher—or can I?
Based on my limited experience I believe the insistence of the major publishers on agented submissions is a disservice to themselves and their readers.
How polished does a manuscript have to be for submittal, or do they still have editors that work with the writer?
Q: My question concerns getting that first novel published by a good firm. From what I’ve read, the critical first step is finding an agent who knows all the right people at the big houses, so I’m wondering how one gets taken on by such an agent…