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    where to go?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by naim, Sep 19, 2013.

    hi, i have finished my first adventure book and am wanting to get it published, i am currently writing the second book for the series but i don't know where to get it published or what agents to go to.
    all help is thanked.
     
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    If you're from the UK, I recommend buying the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook, and buy the current year. If you live outside of the UK, I'm afraid I can't help.
     
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    agentquery.com is a good site for looking up agents. For manuscript format, how to write a good query, etc., just search around in the Publishers subforum, and you'll find what you're looking for. Also, keep in mind that publishers are reluctant to take on series from a first-time author, so make sure your first book stands alone.
     
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    thankyou, would it be better to go to a publishing house or get a publishing agent?
     
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    Some publishers accept unsolicited manuscripts, while others require the writer to have an agent. If you go through an agent, he/she will typically make a 15% commission on your advance and royalties, but a good agent has contacts within the industry and may be able to negotiate a better deal. All of the top publishing houses (HarperCollins, etc.) do not accept unsolicited manuscripts, so you'd need an agent for those. You may be able to submit to smaller publishers directly. Take a look at publisher guidelines and see if they take unsolicited manuscripts. You should also look up the pros and cons of getting an agent and see if it's right for you.
     
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    thanks, do you know any good agents in the uk that i can resort to?
     
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    Again, have a look in Writers' and Artists'. It has tons of literary agencies in there, and many helpful tips on how to write queries and be professional. It really is a must buy, even if you decide you don't want an agent. :)
     
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    Sorry, I don't. I would go with Thomas' advice.
     
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    thanks for the help
     

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