Of all the questions I am asked, here is the most popular one: How do I get my book traditionally published? My not-so-quick answer: There’s many things I can suggest, but there’s not enough room or time to do them justice.
1. Please remember that many, many talented people want to be published—more than all the publishing houses combined in the world can hope to ever publish. It’s for this reason that I believe persistence is more important than talent (though talent certainly goes a long way). Remember that rejection is part of the game; you can’t get to “yes” without going through the “no’s”.
2. Research your market well. Make certain your project is as good as it can be. (I can’t stress these two points enough.) It’s better to send one pristine submission to a one appropriate publisher than a dozen bad ones happenstance: please don’t waste an editor’s time by sending less than your best work, or by sending a children’s book to an adult house, or a tarot deck to a paperback house. Many publishers have stopped reading unsolicited submissions because the time and energy necessary to slog through inappropriate submissions wasn’t cost effective.
3. Here are some books and sites I think are valuable:
~ Interested in children’s publishing? Check out Harold Underdown’s Purple Crayon website (Harold is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books).
~Looking for a literary agent? I like Jeff Herman’s Writer’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents. On the web, check out Agent Query.
4. Read my Publishing 101 posts over on my blog. It covers such subjects as:
~ Do you need a literary agent? If so, how do you find one?
~ Is it better to work with a small or large publisher?
~ And much more.
I wish you the very best of luck in your publishing journey!