Do publishers care if a fictional work you want to publish was initially shared on a online writing community?
I'd like to know if publishers tend to publish a books/fictional works in physical copies that writers initially wrote on a website/online writing community, specifically http://www.writerscafe.org. Also, how about ones that were published on private blogs, that only certain people can see? Or do they tend to look for works that have not been published on the internet?
Question answered by Tee
Unfortunately, publishers generally are not interested in books published on the internet. This is mainly because they are worried about getting involved in a law suit in the future (because someone may have, even already, copied your story off the internet; and they may try to pass it off (or something very similar) as being something that THEY wrote and THEY came up with). It's hard (well, and a lot of money) for publishers because even though you may be the original writer of the book, they just don't want to take that chance of being sued.
So in short, even if you were to take it down now, I don't think that it's a good idea to try and get it published unfortunately because it's going to be 100 times harder than is ALREADY is to get a book published. Unless you want to self-publish...
Although I'm sure that there are exceptions to where publishers have published books that were online, I think you should start on another story that you could potentially publish one day.
But you can try and take it down, and then find an agent (who will find you a publisher); just know that if it's found out that it was online at one point, it will probably just complicate things...a lot.
hope this helps!!! good luck!!! :)
How many publishers and agents did Rowling send her first book to before she found Little?
Very confusing this. Some say one agent and six publishers, some two agents and three publishers, some one agent and twelve.
Question answered by Joss
Christopher Little was her agent, not publisher. Not sure about the number of agents, but her agents sent it to about 12/13 publishers.
What are the best publishers to send a manuscript to?
I'm trying to find a few good, well known publishers to send my novel to. If you know any that accept unsolicited novels that would be great, but those who dont are fine too.
Question answered by M M
Go to a bookstore. Find books like yours. Look inside the front pages to get the publishers' websites. Follow their submission guidelines to the letter.
Look up websites of writers with work similar to your own. See if they mention who reps for them. A short polite mail asking if they can recommend an agent is not out of place. Do not tell them about your book, that's seen as poor manners.
Go to the 808 section of your library which has all the books on writing. They will help you steer clear of the rips.
Writer's Market 2009 will be in the reference section. It lists all the commercial publishers and what they're looking for.
Obey YOG'S LAW: "Money flows TOWARD the writer."
This means NEVER pay to get published or to enter contests or to pay an agent. NEVER. Obey Yog's Law and you won't get ripped off.
This site is a SAFE writer's board run by pros. It is free and they can help you stay clear of the sharks in the publishing pool.
You don't start shopping your book around until you've gotten solid feedback on it first. AW has a Share Your Work forum where other writers can give constructive crits.
Feedback, beta readers, polished, and re-polished, a book has to be the best you can make it before you send it out. I thought my first was ready, but two years of rejections and rewrites taught me better.
(It did sell, I landed a multi-book contract.)
But you can't be in a hurry, or assume you'll get paid a fortune. The Brenda Hiatt link below will give you a general idea about book advances. Always assume you will get the lowest number. You'll be the newbie on the block. It takes time to work up to getting the real money.
STAY AWAY FROM PUBLISHAMERICA. They are the BIGGEST ripoff site of them all. They say they're free and don't want your money, but that is a LIE. You end up buying overpriced copies of your own book!
They will not put your book into a store--but lie and say that you are supposed to do that. Most writers submit their book, and whether it is good or horrible, it's quickly "accepted," (they take everything!) and then you never hear from the poor writer again. Your rights are tied up for seven years!
Just google "publish America" + "scam" and find all the writers who got ripped off by them. They are what is called a "print mill." you don't want anything to do with them. They ruin lives and careers.
If any publisher advertises on Google, it's likely a rip or a vanity house. A real publisher doesn't advertise!
Get Strunk and White's ELEMENTS OF STYLE. All writers have that book and use it.
Writing is like playing the piano, you don't get good at it unless you practice every day.
Again--the 808 books at the library will help you on all this!
And just because you've finished a book doesn't mean it's commercially viable. Pro writers finish a book and start writing another. It keeps your head from exploding while you're waiting to hear back from agents and editors!
See you on Absolute Write!
What publishers will publish supernatural books unsolicited?
I am 16, i wrote a supernatural book. All the publishers I've looked at wont even look at my manuscript because I'm unsolicited. I don't have the money for a Literary agent, so I'm stuck being unsolicited. It is my dream to be a novelist, if you could just help, and if your someone who works for a publisher and stumbles upon this, please help. Thank you.
Question answered by Joss
At least research publishing before trying to jump into it. Even the smallest amount of research effort will tell you that you don't pay a literary agent unless they're a scam.
Yes, I know of a few publishers that take unsolicited manuscripts, including some of the larger ones, but from the simple fact that you can't even be bothered to research publishing to learn about it tells me you're not serious about it. So, why should I let you reap the benefits of my hard research?
BTW, self-publishing is always an option, but most aren't going to end up like Amanda Hocking. She's a rarity and a self-publishing phenomena. If your goal is to traditionally publish then go that rout. It would be a mistake to self-publish first because then you'll have virtually no chance of that book being picked up by a traditional publisher unless you have proof of selling thousands of copies. Dont' create additional and unnecessary hurdles for your work. And just because it's easy to self-publish doesn't mean you''ll become a millionaire and be successful with it and it in no way means that a traditional publisher will come knocking on your door, because they won't.
Is there any book publishers in London who take on 16 year old for work experience?
I'm sixteen and want work experience in a book publishers, to help with my studies. Also why do you have to be eighteen on most to do work experience?
Question answered by Lynn
I'm American, so my experiences and advice might not work for you (and you'll have to find a British to American translator maybe. lol I will try to use British words, if I know them, but you're on your own, if I didn't pull it off. lol)
First, I'm not sure if you mean it will help with your studies by giving you money to continue school or if you mean you can learn about the business. If it's the latter, ask to intern or whatever you call it over there. Here, "interning" means they work you to death, but give you little to no money. (Usually no money, unless you're in the top 1% of your class. If you are, they give you a stipend to pay for your travel expenses. Take it, even if they don't pay you, and then work hard and ask later to be paid.)
Now, if you need the money, then I'll describe how I went about finding jobs on the phone. (It helped that I did telemarketing and had a sexy fake voice. lol) I'd prepare a sales pitch (script) ahead of time, collect the phone numbers for the places I wanted to work, and keep track of the calls. Delete when you get a definite No, add Call Back, if you couldn't talk to the person, and add notes if you collect more information. (Like "he's on holiday in Fiji and won't be back until next week." You want to note where he went, because you want to ask him how he enjoyed his holiday to make him notice you more, and, of course, you don't want to call back until next week.) The sales pitch has to include why they need you - what experience you can offer them in exchange for what you want to learn while working there. And practice it, out loud, until it doesn't sound like you're reading anything. (You get around secretaries and front desk people by knowing the person you need to talk to, and sounding like you assume they will put you through. If they ask for more background on who you are, just say something like "I have a business proposition to ask ….")
And, yes, I did understand that most won't hire you for two more years, but I'm guessing you don't know which ones are most. Add to that, calling shows initiative, and, if you handle it right, they might interview you because you sound mature. That mature thing? That's why they usually take 18 and over. As for "sexy fake voice?" I know your country enough to know there are assumptions made about people based on their accents. Don't do sexy. Do the upper-class accent instead. (And, if you are hired, keep doing it.)
Just keep calling all the publishers you can get to, until you find one willing to hire you. Don't give up calling others, simply because one is willing to interview you. If it's standard over there, bring your résumé to the interviews, but use the one that shows all your talents, not the one that shows all your old jobs. At 16, you're going to have to rely on your skills versus your old jobs. Worse that can happen is you end up where you are now - unemployed by the publishers. If you try, you could be the exception.
Good luck. Hope I helped.
What would happen if two publishers accepted the same story?
Okay, now I want to get a book published. If I sent multiple query letters all at the same time to multiple publishers (let's say 10, just as an example.) what if two or more reply back saying they've accepted it? Do I send it to both? Will there be any problems? Do I have to pick one? What do I do? Is this safe/okay? Thanks for any answer.
Question answered by Arabella
You're not likely to have that problem with publishers because most of them won't even look at your book unless it has been submitted via a literary agent. You need to get an agent first then they will pitch your book on your behalf to publishers. In the extremely unlikely event that more than one publisher is interested then your book would go to auction and the highest bidding publisher would win the rights to publication.
How inviting are literary agents and publishers in relation to books about racism?
I have written a novel with a theme of love in the context of racial prejudice. I would just like to know if agents and publishers are enthuiastic about race themes or if instead they prefer to stay far from it. If it is the latter it perhaps doesn't make any sense to continue my queries, however if it is the previous maybe there is hope. I just need to know if I'm wasting my time.
Question answered by David
Publishers will judge a book on its potential to be published. They don't tend to morally censure. You need to at least research who you submit to, however. Publishers are selective about particular genres and that information is available. You need to look at each one before sending your work to them.
How does one structure their memior before sending to Publishers?
I wonder if anyone has any experience with publishers. I'm about to send my memoir of to a few publishers, and i was wondering if some one could lend some tips. I do understand the publishing companies are businesses who are also trying to make a profit. This is all very new to me.
I appreciate you input.
Question answered by Kernow Lady
You need to Google this. Manuscripts need to be set out in a particular fashion with proper spacing paragraphs etc. Authors go through Agents, publishers do not usually accept full manuscripts.
You need a copy of The Writers and Artists Yearbook which should help you. (Library) book shop.
What are some good book publishers for fantasy?
I am a young writer and even though I haven't finished the saga I am beginning to write, I wanted to look into some publishers. My writing isn't exactly perfect yet but I am planning on revising and revising until it's perfect. So, I just wanted to know of some publishing companies that would accept a young writers work and fantasy/romance. If you could list a link to their website, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Question answered by Bolt
The time to worry about publishers and agents is AFTER you finish the manuscript.
Between now and then, your favorite picks might be gone. It happens. Agent lists get full. Editors change jobs. Imprints close. Publishers change focus.
What are some reputable publishers that don't require a literary agent?
What are some reputable publishers that do not require the author to have a literary agent to represent them?
I was curious because I don't stick to one specific genre. I write in multiple genres.
Question answered by Joss
The only way to answer this question is to know what genre you write. Believe it or not, not all publisher publish all genres. And, the imprints of the large publishers specializes.
Yes, there are a few large publishers, including two imprints of the big six publishers that accept unagented manuscripts. And, one big six publisher that claims on its website that it doesn't accept unagented manuscripts, but I've heard from an ex-editor and current editor that they actually do and even set aside days for reading the unsolicited & unagented crap that gets sent to them despite what's posted on its website. Though, usually, if a publisher says they don't accept unagented manuscripts then they mean it.
And you can also bypass agents if you attend writers conferences where editors are present and you get the chance to pitch to them. They might offer you the opportunity to send your manuscript directly to them. I know of a couple of writers who got in this way.
And, many small publishers still accept unagented manuscripts.
Alas, it depends on what genre you write. Without knowing your genre then I have no answer for you.
ADDING: Yes, Tor is one of the big ones, it's an imprint of one of the large publishers that accept unagented manuscripts. Though, if you don't write fantasy or sci-fi then they're useless to you, which is why you should always give the genre when asking these types of questions because...not all publishers/imprints publish every genre.