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Offline L.Carmichael_67

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« on: December 30, 2016, 03:01:10 PM »
I have a finished unpublished book i want to send out, looking for a well known author or someone who can help me?

please.

Jo Bannister

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Re: editor
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2016, 03:45:21 AM »
You and everyone else.  That isn't how it works.  The best advice I can give is to try to interest an agent who specialises in your kind of writing, because he or she will know what publishers it might suit, and what work you still have to do on it to make it viable.

Good luck.  There are no shortcuts, but the cream tends to rise to the top.  Eventually.

hillwalker3000

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Re: editor
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2016, 06:48:48 AM »
I have a finished unpublished book i want to send out, looking for a well known author or someone who can help me?
please.

It's unlikely any 'well-known author' will offer support to an unknown regardless of how stellar the writing may be so don't even dream about being discovered by the likes of John Grisham or Stephen King.
 
Who are you 'sending it out' to? Agents? Publishers looking for unsolicited manuscripts? The Writers and Artists Year Book (in the UK - not sure if there's an US version) lists those who might be interested in your particular genre. You could also search the net for likely targets then go through the entire process of submitting a cover letter, synopsis and sample chapters to each in the hope your work catches someone's eye. In most cases that results in a standard rejection letter between 2 and 6 months later. But eventually, if you're lucky, you'll find a publisher who then takes another 12 to 18 months to get the book in print. That's how most of us on here got published.

It's worth bearing in mind that no publisher is going to consider a piece of work that needs major editing. That would entail extra expense and make your book economically unviable. They are in the business of making money after all. So you might want to look over the material you've posted on here in the past and ask yourself has your writing improved sufficiently to warrant sharing in public let alone submitting to a publishing house. Even paying an editor vast amounts of money to proof-read and polish your work beforehand is no guarantee of publication.

Then there's the self-publication route. That's the easiest and quickest option - but again quality will determine whether or not you generate any sales. If you're simply looking for a copy of your book that you can hold in your hand and say 'I wrote this' then CreateSpace is the cheapest way to do this. It's free (other than the price of purchasing a proof copy or final edition copy). It's then up to you whether or not you decide to market the finished product and maybe issue a Kindle version.

Good luck.

H3K

Offline sallyj

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Re: editor
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2016, 07:20:00 AM »
The other option is to get some feedback on the book before submitting/self-publishing. Maybe find someone who is willing to read it and give you feedback (a beta reader) in return for you doing the same for them.

hillwalker3000

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Re: editor
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2016, 12:12:44 PM »
You might find the 'One Publisher's Selection Process' section of this blog useful:

http://apublishersperspective.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/The%20Red%20Telephone

For the record, they published my first YA novel two years ago.

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Offline L.Carmichael_67

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Re: editor
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2017, 03:23:53 PM »
i meant editor sorry just re read what I wrote, thanks for the feedback everyone I appreciate it.