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#1 of 5 Old 03-17-2011, 03:21 PM - Thread Starter
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I have a great start to my novel. I'm wondering, though what the next step is. Should I be looking for an agent now? Should I skip the agent and send it right to a publishing house? How do I know who to send it to at a big publishing house?


Any other tips or info is much appreciated :)

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the next step is finishing the first draft. wink1.gif then you put it away for at least a couple weeks, and then you begin the revision process, which will probably take longer than writing the first draft. then you give it to a couple of discerning readers (ie, not your mom) and really listen to their feedback. then you do more revisions. then you do another round of revisions. 


THEN you start to think about agents. and yeah, you want an agent, unless you want to self-publish or go with a very small, independent press. almost none of the major publishing houses take submissions without an agent. so you do a ton of agent research, reading blogs to find agents who represent what you've written. then you go about crafting a perfect query letter (which is, in itself a task that requires a whole lot of revisions). 


you might want to hang around the message boards at to get some more feel for the process and do some agent research. or, the book The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner is a great book about the publishing business.


good luck!

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No reputalbe agent will look at an unfinished MS (unless it is  non-fiction, and then the rules are different and you need a very detailed proposal plus several finished chapters). And if you hear from an agent who tells your otherwise, check his or her reputation on agent beware forums.


No reputable agent will ask you for money.




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Originally Posted by BabyMae09 View Post
Any other tips or info is much appreciated :)

There's an informative discussion on a WAHM thread about self-publishing that you may find interesting:

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Would you ever consider publishing it yourself? I read an article about people making their own e-books (for the Kindle) and selling them in those online stores, like Amazon. I can't find the article right now but they showed a guy that took this approach and did very well for himself (selling 100,000+ e-books at .99). I did find this article on how to do it but I assume there is much more detail the author left out.

Edit: Found a similar article to the one I was looking for :
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