Top Ten Publishing Myths by Erin Brown

 

  1. Editors and agents aren’t looking for great writing anymore … it’s all about the almighty dollar.
  1. Self-publishing will make an author a bestseller.
  1. “I don’t need an agent.” 
  1. Publishers take care of all of your marketing and publicity.
  1. Talented authors get huge advances.
  1. Editors will be able to devote most of their time to your book. 
  1. An author should never give up on the submission process, no matter how long it takes.
  1. All published authors should expect to hit a bestseller list or their publishers have failed.
  1. The bigger the agent, the better.
  1. Once your book is sold, you can give up your day job.

Erin Brown worked as an editor in New York City for over eight years. She recently left Manhattan to start her own freelance editorial business. To learn more about Erin, visit her website at www.erinedits.com

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How to Find an Agent

Linton Robinson, an American expatriate who has spun off several different writing careers, is published as a novelist, essayist, poet, journalist, foreign correspondent, and copywriter.

On his blog, Lin gives advice on how to find an agent. Key points include:

  • Find out who represents the writers whose work is most like yours or appeals to your target audience.
  • Search Google intelligently to try to find the agent who represented the book or author.
  • Cruise those books in the bookstore or library — often writers, especially in their first book, will have dedications to their wonderful agents in the front or back of the book.
  • Find the agents online.
  • Follow the guidelines: most agency sites have guidelines for querying them.

Looking for agent databases? Check out Lin’s list:

SEARCHING FOR YOUR AGENT (When he doesn’t want to be found)

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