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.
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 Life, MacGregor Literary/Chip’s Blog, and Rants and Ramblings On Life as a Literary Agent.