In the book writing world, there is a common ground that every writer will go through, and that is all the work between finishing your manuscript and submitting it to an agent or publisher.
It’s the time where you decide whether your want to be self-published, or go the more traditional route of submitting your manuscript to an agent or publisher, and receiving all those beautiful rejection letters.
If you go this route, it’s time to start writing your synopsis and your cover letter and all those other things that agents and publishers want you to include. I’ll talk about these things in another post, when I know what I’m talking about, but essentially, a synopsis is an overview or sort-of summary of your story, and a cover letter is different depending on who you are submitting it to.
With a literary agent, they take you on and sell your work for you, whilst it’s slightly harder to submit to publishers as you have to sell yourself and many of them don’t take unsolicited manuscripts or new authors. I’m not saying it’s pointless, because you never know what’s going to happen, and there may be that one publisher who thinks yes, this looks good, let’s go with it.
For me, I’ve decided to go the more traditional route; and to help me in my research of the literary agents and publishers willing to take on a book like mine, I purchased the ‘Writers and Artists Yearbook 2017 on Amazon UK. It has motivational articles including ones on Copyright Law, Tax, Publishing Agreements, E-publishing and Publishing news and trends that are revised and updated every year. It also has pages on writing, editing, proofing, synopsis writing, cover letters and self-publishing.
In short, J.K Rowling said that it is “Full of useful stuff“.
It also has lists upon lists of agents and publishers for books, theater, TV, film, radio, magazine, art and illustrations, and a whole section on self-publishing!
So far, I’ve read a few of the articles and gone through the list of agents, highlighting the ones who favor the genre of my book, and then done a little more research on them. Most of the agents have websites, which I recommend you go to, because you never know if their still in practice or if their condition of submissions have changed since the book was published. It also gives you a better insight in to what the agency is about, and what their looking for rather than the small paragraph featured in the book.
The book makes it so much easier to find the type of agent your looking for, but there are websites with lists of agents on them too, but it does mean that you could spend hours on the web trying to find those ones that a truly legit, and that don’t make you pay a reading fee. FYI, proper agents will never make you pay a reading fee for your book so don’t fall for it. A lot of the agents websites that I have gone too, and that feature in the book do not ask for a reading fee and many of them believe that it should never be asked for. There are probably some fantastic online resources with lists of agents and publishers, but I think a printed copy just makes me more motivated.
I hope you guys will join me on my journey to publication, with a bit of rejection here and there. And, if your currently writing, editing or in the same space as me at the moment, that you share your journeys too! It will probably be the challenge of a lifetimes, but when you finally succeed, it will all be worth it.
Here’s to the hardest bit of all though, the synopsis! Cheers!