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Getting published with Penguin/Harper Collins/Jonathan Cape
TL;DR: Get published on Amazon. When you are good, you can be collected by a trader. It is very, very hard to be published these few working day with the big clay and bricks installers - and it is not that they do not want to bring new talents with great work. This is because the publication margin has become very small in comparison to what it was a few centuries ago and there is a growing reluctance of editors to rely on unfamiliar writers.
So if you've never been released, good luck. Well. Conventional publishing houses will not take a break with an unfamiliar writer. No, unless you have a really good representation (i.e. an agent) and you have already finished and thoroughly worked on your script (probably with your agents floating over your shoulders every move).
AGREE: You can compose your book and find an operative ready to take you in. You may even find a serious and trusted representative to replace you based on a sketch and a covering note - but that's less likely for unfamiliar people. There are a couple tens, two tens, no, three tens of promising writers who send them unasked scripts for every successfull man.
The only way they earn a living is if a publishers take over their projects, so they are looking for safe betting with very little outlay. When you have a good book that needs a great deal of polishing and dressing, you may be skipped until you find an operative who is starving enough to do the work and represent you.
However, for new authors, agencies use the same acid test as editors. Did this playwright ever publish? Don't take the trouble to go to writers' meetings in the hope of having a face-to-face conversation with an agen. When you can establish a close relationship with an acquisitions journalist in a publisher, you may be able to get on their radar through good old networks.
Maybe you can use your six levels of severance and the assets of your fellowship to get a hit on an editor's desktop. If you have a friend who is an author, don't expect them to be willing to take a chance in their relationships with writers by presenting you - unless you are a sure thing.
Publishers are living for these monkeys, they need them! At first they go back to the well of previously acclaimed writers with a built-in audience and whip them until they can no longer work. On the other they promote their talents with young talents or mid-list textbooks from earlier years.
They have already taken a shot at these other writers, they have already oversold some of them, they have a story, their audiences are increasing. It will be a pleasure for the publishing house to work with these writers to help them grow their career and perhaps bring them to life. Were they published in the papers? You have an audiences?
You are a moderator and lecturer who has an audiences that will buy your book? Do you have a writing and have an audiences, these are top of min at this point. They might have a great book on Hand, but if no one knows who you are, it is going to costs the Publishers Marketers Dollar to get your name out there, and only the big name writers are really getting a lot of marketing-fund (ironically).
Self- Publicish: And one of the best measures of your book's popularity is when you have successfully published it elsewhere and your audiences have increased. Just a decade ago, when you spoke of self-publication, most folks would think of a "vanity press" where you take your script and buy to have it turned into a book.
Those were dumps in which bright-eyed writers tossed both dollar and book. Because you paid for the publication of your work, no one took care of editing it. No one would ever retreat and tell you: "This book is not suitable for printing.
So a bunch of cuttlefish has been published this way, and you don't have a kilometre reading showing an editorial journal. Now, very able writers find that they can slash out the media that are slashing out attorneys and slashing out all the B.S. publisher and they can directly to Kindle to release, put a pressure on Demand choice and have a book out there in the market and get a downloads, in half the times it will take a publisher to do it.
They hire writers to help them get their book into form before they press the publisher buttom. They hire design ers to design their e-bookcover. They even hire journalists to help them promote their work. Not only do they publicize, they create and reach out to the public, and they cut out the publisher.
However, this setting creates a beautiful Darwinian potpourri of literature and writers. It is only the powerful that survives, and editors are looking for those who climb to the top of the Amazon Kindle pile. The number of bestselling titles that have never shone a light on a publisher's mirror is increasing every single issue.
When you want to attract the editors interest, you can do it on your own. Then, at this point, you'll wonder why you need a publishers when you call. Usually a publisher pays you maybe $12-15K in donations in upfront and then you maybe pays $0. 50-$1 in donations from book sells, but only after your book has acquired back its progress.
When you have an asset, your asset will take some of these for you. As long as the publishers keep your book on the front list or back list, they own the right, so you can't do anything with the book without the publishers making it. For two years I worked as an editor-in-chief at a HarperCollins affiliate, then in their research and development departments, then in PR.
but that was my idea of how things worked about 4-5 years ago.