Writing a novel is one thing. That is a brand new world for most, and getting to the point of completion is an accomplishment no one can fully understand. This is your work, your baby; something you hold very dear. So, once you have taken all that in and celebrated for writing something so incredibly important – what next?
Publishing. You must get your work out there and let others read it. (After it has been edited and proofread of course). There are SO many options to go through and make a decision on. Whether to go the traditional publishing route, finding an agent, or to self-publish – that is a huge decision to make. Once you have made this decision then the next steps all depend on what you have chosen…
For the sake of this post; it’s about going to a publisher. Larger publishing companies will require an agent, however there are quite a few publishers that don’t.
How to find them- Searching on Google will definitely bring up some helpful advice, as well as some possible options. Twitter offers Pitch Parties which allows you to pitch your story to agents/publishers and it is a pretty painless way to go about it; except trying to come up with a summary of your story in one sentence- yes ONE sentence. It is possible and you can definitely do it.
When you go to these publishers be sure to read over their website. They have specifications on how to offer your novel up to them, and I highly suggest following each request closely. It will vary with each one. Some will want the query letter; same as an agent. Others may request a small portion of the manuscript, and then you have some that will want the entire manuscript: make sure to be fully prepared either way.
There are so many steps to follow to get you where you want to be, and it will seem never-ending; however if it’s something you love then the work to get there is worth it. Don’t give up.