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    Never give up

    I was a somewhat regular poster here a decade or more ago, trying to get an agent, trying to get published. Well, I have a non-fiction published and a novel coming out in spring. So my advice: Don't give up. Keep honing, keep working, and keep writing!



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    Congrats, ~hem! Did you sell your works via an agent?

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    well done ~hem! I've just been publed too! small world.

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    Absolutely.

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    No, while I did seek an agent, ultimately I was successful in both the non-fiction and the novel in approaching publishers directly. The first is an academic press with a specific audience that I figured would like my subject. The novel is a small independent publisher that I found through considerable research.

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    I wasn't here back then, but welcome back, ~hem.

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    Splendifico.

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    Thanks, fellow writers!

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    Welcome back. Just curious... did you go the traditional route or did you contribute to the cost of publication? I am beginning to despair if it is even possible any more to get a traditional deal, where THEY pay YOU! LOL

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    No, I did a traditional route, although with a small house, so not a big advance. I think small houses are probably more receptive to direct submissions, although I did have an editor at a huge publisher ask for my manuscript from my query, although she eventually still turned me down. I did not submit directly to very many big names, figuring that would destroy any chance at representation by an agent.

    I do have another couple of manuscripts I want to polish and send out. I am hopeful that this first deal does grease the wheels of publication for subsequent works. Think that it will?

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