The final step in the novel process is submitting your manuscript to agents and editors. Writers are divided on which you should start with – finding an agent or finding an editor.
Reasons to Find an Agent First
- An agent can function as your first “acceptance” of your book. If you can get an agent to like it enough to represent you, you’re one step closer to getting it published.
- An agent will sometimes work with you on changes to make your book better.
- Agents are better connected in the publishing world and can put your manuscript in front of the editors best positioned to buy it.
Reasons to Find a Publisher First
- Agents can take a long time to respond to a query or a full or partial manuscript, the same as a publisher. By going straight to a publisher, you may shorten the time to acceptance.
- Your position in approaching an agent is stronger when you’ve got a publisher already interested in your book.
Regardless of which you choose, the important thing is that you are submitting your work to somebody.
Finding a Place to Submit Your Novel
There are many places you can check to find agents or publisher to submit your novel to. Here’s a short list of places to start:
- Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market by Writer’s Digest Books
- Writer’s Market Guide to Literary Agents by Writer’s Digest Books
- Writer’s Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents by Jeff Herman fromPrima Press
- Writer’s Handbook by The Writer, Inc
- Writer’s Digest Magazine
- The Writer Magazine
- Mystery Writers of America
- Science Fiction Writers of America
- Horror Writers Association
- Romance Writers of America
- Literary Market Place