Hi! I am an unpublished writer and I am ready to submit my first work. I have read many tutorials on the net about how to properly write, submit your work to an agent and get published and about what follows afterwards.Yet, the information I could gather was diverse and contradictory. This is the reason I made this post, so I can get advice from real people, prefferably people wich had books published and have a good experience about writing, agents and publishing. Starting from those tutorials, I want to follow some advice and get the process started.One of those advices is to submit your work to as many publishers and agents you can.And what I intent to do is to submit my work to as many agents as I can - but is this a good ideea, based on your experience in the field? I am from Romania and here the means to promote myself are scarce and what I can do so far is exclusively submit by e-mail.I know it is not the traditional way and that is usually frowned upon, but I have found a few agents that accept e-mail submissions. I need your opinion, what is good and what is wrong in what I am going to do?Any other advices?What should I look for? Without bragging and false modesty I can say that my work is quite good and that is has potential - especially inspirational potential for others - wich is why I am afraid for my work not to be stolen in the process (an agent can refuse my work and send to someone else my ideeas, right?).Also I do realise that my work is not yet perfect and that will need a lot of polishing together with the editor chosed by the publisher that will decide to publish my work. My main genres are fantasy and science fiction and I have found a few agents so far for those genres. I have not done anything so far regarding this matter, as I thought best to ask professionals before doing anything. Here it is what I thought I should do and what follows next, based on the tutorials I have read : - I finish my work (not perfect, but in a presentable state) - what exactly is a presentable state? - I find myself an agent - one source states I should have many agents as agents are unreliable persons and most of the time won't do their job properly so you have to switch from one to another in other to finally get your book published - is that true? won't the agents be mad at the writer for having more than one agent? especially for a beginner writer? (I am pretty sure J.K. Rowlings can have asa many as she wishes) - after I find a suitable list of agents, then I start submitting - some say that I should submit just a synopsis with only the main ideeas (won't be this too few and unconvincing for the agent?), while others say that I should submit the whole work (with some tips about how to make that work more appealing - page placement, fonts and so on) - but this won't allow a charlatan posing as an agent to steal my work, while at the same time refusing my book? In many of those tutorials I was made aware about charlatan agents that will do a lot of bad things to you. - if I have to submit just a synopsis, what is exactly a synopsis and how much developed it should be - can you post a few books and their synopsies so I can guide myself as to what should I include and what should I not include in my synopsis? Because otherwise, my synopsis would get either very long, either very short and out of spectrum. - another advice is to get as many agents rolling for me and accept the best offer - but I should take care that the best offer currently might not be the best in the long term - in other words, offers that look worse in the present might look better for the long term, due to the contractual terms involved. - supposing at least one agent finds a publisher for my book, what happens next? - do I have to be present physically there (travel from my country) and make a presentation so the publisher can know me in person? Because this might pose a problem for me as I canot afford to travel due to the high expense involved (I am quite broke now and jobless for the past 4 months). - do I need an advocate present in order to sign the contract? - am I selling my work to the publisher or just giving the right to be published, being able to give that right afterwards to as many publishers as I want - I give again the example of J.K Rowlings - she had her books published by many publishers, and I could not understand how is that possible without reatining the rights over her works (without selling them to the publishers in other words). - what else is a publisher expecting from me aside from my work? Also language might pose a problem - as you can see I am pretty cursive in writting in english, but the situation does not stay the same when I have to also speak english, as I wrote much more english than I talked. - should I worry about how should I present my work to the publisher or the agent will do all the job of submission for me? - considering the publishers is satisfied with my work and wants to publish it, what follows next? - I have learned that it takes between one and two years for a work to be published (considering you are done with the editing and corrections in time), but that you can get money from your work as soon as your work is accepted, in the form of an advance against royalties, wich also, can be paid in full or not.From your experience, what should I expect? - considering my book is mediocre but still publishable, what kind of advance should I expect? Considering my work good, what kind of advance should I expect? For me this matters a lot right now, maybe more than the reccurent royalties that will follow afterwards. The first book I want to publish is around 200-250 pages (depending on the font and page placement) and no, I do not intend to publish it on a pay per word basis.The book's genre is fantasy. In conclusion, my work is good - I have read a lot and I have the ability to compare my work to other similar works in a realistic manner - altough I do know that the readers will be the final judges of my work and that even a work with potential might be underappreciated, just like Jule Verne's works were at their time.I do not expect wonders - I am just fighting to recover from bankrupcy and I see this as my last chance.I was planning on publishing anyway, only now I have rushed the process a little for some of my books so I can get them published faster than initially planned. Therefore, I humbly request your aid and the best advices you can give (prefferably tried and true, from your own personal experience). Thank you in advance! Best regards!