Thoughts on Finding a Publisher

First of all, I did peruse my bookshelves, and I really like the books published by Harvest Books, Nelson Books, and Riverhead Books.  There are a number of Christian publishers whose books have a good feel and look to them, but I want to try a mainstream publisher before I try submitting to the Christian market.

That said, I looked on one Christian publisher’s page, and they recommended submitting my manuscript to ChristianManuscriptSubmissions.com, a service which, supposedly, many Christian publishers use to find new authors.  Problem one: I don’t want to start with the Christian market.  Problem two: It costs $99.98 for 6 months.

Another thought I have had recently regards literary agents.  I’m sure they cost money, but I have no idea how much.  Many publishing houses won’t even consider submissions unless they come through an agent, so perhaps I’ll need to go that route.

Next steps:
1.  Research the publishing houses I am interested in, find out their guidelines, see if I need an agent.
2.  Look up the 2010 Writer’s Market at my local library to get some reference points and help with this.
3.  Read blogs by literary agents: The Writing LifeMacGregor Literary/Chip’s Blog, and Rants and Ramblings On Life as a Literary Agent.

One thought on “Thoughts on Finding a Publisher

  1. [I have copied and pasted comments left prior to the 2014 blog transfer.]

    “Wow, this is like a whole new world!
    I agree with you on not starting with the Christian market. Unfortunately, I think that would really limit you. Like Lewis said, the world doesn’t need more Christian writers…it needs more writers that are Christians.
    I visited the last blog link that you have listed. So interesting.”
    Comment by Alicia’s Homemaking — July 1, 2010 @ 8:34 am

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