Query First or Last?
The Troll Is In
Wendy McCance has an extraordinary take on life. She blogs daily about it at Searching For The Happiness and I highly recommend signing up for her posts!
While responding to one of her offers in which she asks those who subscribe to her blog to share their blog in an effort to spread the love, she asked me the following:
I’m hung up on whether to send out queries first or should I not worry and just get the book done. I also don’t know if I should be looking for a literary agent or if I should just go straight to the publisher. It’s all so new to me.
It depends on if your book is fiction or non-fiction when sending out queries. If you have a work of fiction–finish! Then edit. Then get your critique partners to look at it. Then edit it. Then send it to an editor. When you get it back from the editor, edit. Sending to an editor will happen a few rounds. Then query. Of course, after you find an agent you’ll do the edit thing over again. Then when your agent finds a publisher, you’ll do the edit thing over again. After that, you will no longer want to see your book. :) LOL
If you have a non-fiction topic, then query. Query until someone says “YES!” Then see the steps above and continue on without the query part.
So fiction–finish then query.
Non-fiction–query then finish.
As for agent/publisher topic–it depends on your goals,time and connections. The huge publishers would rather have a buffer between the writer and themselves. The agent acts on the writers behalf and makes sure each party is understood.
If you go straight to a publisher, please be careful, do research and for heavens sake don’t pay them for printing/publishing unless your going the self-publishing route. Even then, don’t pay them. You can do just about everything for free. Including the printing. Don’t you dare spend a dime until you have researched that company and know what they are about and what you can expect! Go to the “editors and predators” site and check them out!
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Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer with two blogs featured in The Oakland Press. Wendy has gained popularity from her original blog Searching for the Happiness. Now in transition, Searching for the Happiness is being redeveloped as an online magazine with the same great content, but additional features for readers to enjoy.
My efforts are to make this a learning blog where writers can see the flip side of publishing. If you have comments that will improve your experience or have a certain topic you'd like discussed, please contact me through email - HERE.
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