05-10-2009 08:46 PM
05-10-2009 09:19 PM
Quelle surprise! I'm in the exact same predicament...except I have a tad more bit on an insight.
From what I hear, you're first going to want to research the publishing companies you want to submit your work to. Because if your work doesn't fit their criteria for the novels they generally publish, it will never get through. Also, most publishing companies won't look twice at a manuscript that hasn't been suggested by an agent, so you're going to want to contact them first.
While (if) you're trying to find the right agent, you also want to research the type of QUERIES (or book proposals) the company requires you send to their agents. I can't really define it much better than that. By the way: Certain agents will only consider certain genres. So, once again, DO YOUR RESEARCH on the story genres agents are looking for.
Also, I know that there is iUniverse, which is basically a self-publishing company that you can use to publish your book yourself. However, if you want your book to sell, it's best if you publish through somebody like Little, Brown and Company, because most self-published books will not appear in most bookstores.
I hope this helps!