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Simply Writing | TIS THE SEASON TO BE QUERYING . . .

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I’m not certain there is a particular season for querying an editor or agent, but I thought this a fitting title given that Christmas has just been and gone, and who wouldn’t want a contract tied up with a pretty green, red and gold bow? When submitting a manuscript to an editor or agent, there are so many things we have to not only remember, but get right. How should we structure our query? What must we include and what must we leave out? And what factors should we take into consideration as we word that wonderful yet critical covering …

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The Sales Cycle and the Author

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Many traditionally published authors are unaware of how early the sales team is involved in the publishing process. For starters, the sales department is always represented in acquisitions meetings. If sales say they can’t see a market for a book, it will rarely get across the line and earn a publishing contract for the author, no matter how much the acquiring publisher loves it. This is different from earlier times when publishing departments were totally autonomous. Nowadays every department has input into the buying process, but the need to turn a profit and stay in business means it is vital …