Where to get PublishedHow to get published
I' m getting published: Ship where?
Patrick-Ness provides tips on how to find an agency and a publishing house for your work. Okay, so you went through the long, long write and rewrite processes and made your text as razor-sharp and operational as possible. Do you believe in your work, but also that the person you submit believes in their work.
Like I said in the preceding hints, big publishing houses really don't get their stack of snow, so attaching a note to the beginning of your script and getting in the mail to HarperCollins probably won't get you anywhere. First I suggest you find an operative and let him do the work for you.
It will be upgraded yearly and has every agents and publishers in the state. If you' re looking for a publication, it's your Bible. A lot of folks buy the books and then step in to send their packages, regardless of who they're sent to. Irrespective of how good your package is (and the next few hints will discuss how to do it well); if you're submitting an adult novel to someone who only advocates children's writers, why not just take your script and light it instead?
So, what kind of textbook did you write? Find out who the agent of your favorite investigators are (can be difficult, but not impossible) and submit it to them (and refer them in your covering note in a smart, free way). The same things like sci-fi and fantasy; and there are companies that are dedicated to releasing sci-fi and fantasy, so do your research and find them.
When your work is more general and falls into this vague "literary" class, it is a little more difficult. You' ll have to throw your net a little further, but my first one was as foggy as they came, and I've still found one. There' s not always a great deal of information, but when an agent lists himself as'Frahlingur', I think you're sure to try.
There is information in the yearbook of authors and artists for each of the agencies that can help you. However - and this should be self-evident, but it' s surprising that it never is - if you say something like "We don't approve of e-mail submissions", then don't mail your in. When they say:'Query first', don't submit your entire script (you won't do it anyway, but really not to these people).
They would be amazed at how often up-and-coming writers are angry that they are turned down because they have not even followed the easiest of what the bureau has asked. Don't be scared to call an office if in doubt. Be always kind and profesional, but see if there is a particular agents who might be the best in the company you can mail them to.
In this way I could open my epistle "Dear Lady So-and-Su" instead of "Dear Lord" and guarantee that they were reading beyond my opening line. The writers shoot themselves in the feet before they even begin by saying: "Read my script, moron! Submit a proffesional, polite, but self-assured bow (more on this in the next tips), act like someone who doesn't make their lives hell, and then hopefully for the best.
All of the above applies when you send your contributions to smaller editors, but it is even more important that you obey their directions and make sure you send them to the right persons. Keep in mind that small businesses are usually run by passionate believers in the book, so don't turn them like the foe.
Now that you have purchased and researched the yearbook, create a report to whom you can submit it. There were more than 60 persons on my initial shortlist. I skipped the right group.