How do you REALLY get a fiction book published?Posted: April 6, 2009
Researching this is like asking “What’s the meaning of life?” Everyone has a different answer.
I have the first book in a fiction trilogy finished and I am far enough into the second (and even a little bit into the third book) to know for sure now that I can live with the rules I established in the first book. As such I think I am ready to look for a publisher. BUT HOW?
Do I approach an agent first? Why would they talk to me? Do I approach a publisher? It seems like that is a black hole for manuscripts.
How do people do this?
Has anyone out there published fiction? Do you have the name of an agent or the contact information of someone in a publishing house that I can try. My email information is in the contact me section, you don’t have to leave it in an open comment if you don’t want to. I just need any help I can get here. I feel like I am running in useless circles.
I mean really – really, for my 150,000 word novel I am supposed to go out and hire a professional editor for anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000 dollars just on a chance it will clean the manuscript up enough to maybe make it presentable enough to not get rejected by a publisher after one paragraph. How does anyone do this?