Are you submitting manuscripts to any publisher or agent you find? Do you wonder if you’re wasting your time? Is there a better way? Here are some things to do and consider when submitting your work. They might help you direct your efforts and produce a result!
- Do your research.
This is very important. Find out what genres they publish or represent. Search for their clients’ books and compare them to your own. Not in a are they better than me sort of way, but in a genre and content way. Are they mainly publishing or repping YA fantasy or YA romance? Where would your book fit in their lists? That doesn’t mean they won’t sign you because your book is a slightly different genre, but it does give you an idea of the types of books they are comfortable promoting and have waiting audiences for. If your book fits with books they’ve already published, it’s a good chance they will be interested and request a full manuscript.
2. Interact on Social Media.
Follow them on Twitter. Especially if they are a small press. Get to know the staff and ask questions. Publishers want authors that fit well within the company. They want to forge a relationship and work as a team to help your book succeed. Getting to know them will help you discover if you mesh well and can work together through the publishing and marketing process.
3. Be Selective.
Following both pieces of advice above will help you narrow your search. Don’t submit to every press or agent you find. Make a list, research, interact and narrow it down to the presses or agents that fit within your genre, your personality and your expectations. Don’t be afraid to be picky. You might find that one company that wants to help you grow into the best selling author you always wanted to be.