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Starting out to publish your book is no different than starting out in any other profession. You can’t get hired if you don’t have experience, and you can’t get experience if no one will hire you! Book publishers prefer to read manuscripts submitted by literary agents. Literary agents don’t handle unpublished authors. However, there are publishers who will read unsolicited manuscripts from unpublished authors. This article lists the basic steps to follow when submitting an unsolicited manuscript as a first time author.

1. Research the publishers who handle the type of book you have written.
2. Get the writer’s guidelines.
3. Call the publishers.
4. Prepare your manuscript.
5. Write your query letter.
6. Write your synopsis.

Originally posted by Dane Carlson on April 11, 2003 in Ideas.


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