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Publishing [Mar. 25th, 2008|05:15 pm]
Writing MFA, Hopes and Hopefuls

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Have any of you been published in a literary journal or magazine? If so, which ones? Do any of you have agents for your novel or collection? If so, how did you go about finding your agent?

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[User Picture]From: elbom
2008-03-26 03:42 am (UTC)
I published my first novel without an agent. I had been rejected by fifty agencies or so. One of my teachers said: "Lay off the agents for a while, try independent publishers." I approached five or six presses that I liked and appreciated, one of them said yes -- and that was it. I'm currently looking for representation for my second novel. How do I go about it? I write nice, polite, informative letters of introduction, telling agents about my work, a little bit about myself -- and invite them to read a synopsis, a few sample chapters, or the whole manuscript. So far I've got another nice pile of rejections. If they keep saying no, I'll try publishers directly again.
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[User Picture]From: no_no_
2008-03-26 06:13 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind my asking, what publisher did you go with, and how well is their distribution of your book?
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[User Picture]From: elbom
2008-03-26 07:43 pm (UTC)
My publisher is no longer in business. It was Four Walls Eight Windows, which later became Thunder's Mouth Press, which was later shut down when Perseus Books took over. The distribution was handled by Publishers Group West, which, if I'm not mistaken, was also bought out by Perseus Books a few months ago. I was very happy with Four Walls Eight Windows -- and with PGW. But now I have to look for a new home...
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