The Quest To Find An Agent

MONDAY 21st OCTOBER 2013

Agents

When I first wrote this novel (currently titled Little Miss Pooshoe but that might be up for debate – but that’s another blog post), I fully intended to self publish it. That is still an option, however, I want to have a go at sending it off to literary agents first – just to test the waters and see what response I get (if any). Then, at least if I don’t get anywhere with them, I won’t be left wondering what if? and I can continue with my self publishing plans.

In order to pitch to literary agents, there are certain submission guidelines. One of them is what most writer’s dread – the synopsis: a brief summary of the major points of a story. This is harder to write than the novel itself, the difficulty is trying to summarise an 80,000 word novel on one page. Inevitably, I keep going over.

At this moment in time, I have drafted a synopsis and I am making contact with Jenny, my editor, later today to discuss her editing my synopsis as well. If I’m going to give this a shot I want it done properly.

Last week, I also spent a lot of time researching agents. I’d previously spoken with Jenny and former colleague, Kerry, and they both recommended using the Writer’s & Artist’s Yearbook 2013. I did this, cheating slightly as I actually have a copy that my mum gave me from the year 2000. I used a bit of initiative and worked through all the agency details and looked them up on the internet to see if they were still accepting submissions and, if so, what were their guidelines. Cue my obsession with spread sheets and I now have a list of thirty four contacts to work through.

As soon as my synopsis has been Jenny-proofed then I will start the submission process. You can follow my progress on this blog and see how I get on.

Have a fab day folks.

Love Missuswolf xxx

An Ode to Lulu.com (pssst there is also 12% discount this week)

TUESDAY 24th APRIL 2012

Good Morning All!

The fabulous Lulu.com is a website where you can self publish your books through them and distribute to Amazon, iBookstore, Barnes and Noble and Nook. For all you writers out there just starting up, this is an ideal site to go through; it is free to set up and format, the only cost is that you have to purchase a copy of your book (you get reduced rates) in order to proof read it before it can be sent for distribution.

You get a decent royalty on your books when they are purchased direct through Lulu.com. The Royalty if they are purchased through Amazon from Lulu’s distribution is a lot less, however the positive side is that it is on one of the most used sites in the world to purchase books.

This week, Lulu.com are offering 12% discount off any of their books!

Just enter code EARTHUK at the checkout (sneaky chance for a plug of my book – you can 12% off The Ruby Of Egypt – click here)

So, here’s to Lulu.com! A great platform of opportunity for us Indie Authors.

Love Missuswolf xxx