Literary Agents and publishers

So I’ve been doing a little hunting this week and I’ve found a plethora of information on many different agents, the different genre agents, how to contact them, what to expect, tips, guides, and so forth. So, to give you a head start, I decided to list some of the sites I have visited so that you can also dig around and see what is involved.

I did find that a few agents and publishers like the idea of you being published in a magazine first. I’m currently looking at sending my work to “thriller” magazines and “speculative fiction” magazines. Both areas I dabble in.

There is of course the first and foremost thing of preparation: Revise, revise, revise. Then have people read it and give feedback. Then write more and get feedback on that. Here’s a good site, free for 2 weeks, which should be enough time. Although becoming a member is a good idea too: http://www.thestorymint.com/writers-pad

Lists of agents and publishers:

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/thriller-agents/page/2

http://myperfectpitch.com/top-book-publishers-usa/

http://www.pw.org/literary_agents?filter0=9680&field_electronic_submissions_value_many_to_one=Yes&perpage=100

Prepare to be slightly overwhelmed!
Read about the submission information. Then read about the agency/publisher. Then read about the person, agent or publisher, and work out what they are after and if you fit the bill. Research is a powerful thing.

Good luck!

Mat Clarke
matclarke.wranga.com.au
matclarkeauthor.wix.com/novelist

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About matclarke

Writing became a hobby at the age of ten, boredom being a great catalyst. Whenever I had an idea I would put words to paper until something interesting was produced. I have always loved dreaming up and writing new stories. I wrote from the age of 10 and also built or designed unusual contraptions and created tools for working with assorted wood products. Creativity has always been my thing, however, no other person within my extended family harbours this same creative gene, so I always assumed I was odd rather than artistic. My non-fiction work has been inspired by my letter writing to government bodies and assorted companies, either to request information on a current associated issue or to offer a solution to an ongoing problem with (if a local government) traffic, public transport, spending, banks, etc. And (if a company) an idea for the product so that it could become better accepted by consumers, or in some cases, healthier for consumers. In December 2009 I came across a story I had begun a month earlier but so far written only a single page. I read it again and realised the story was not only interesting but also had the effect of creating excitement as to what would happen next. I immediately decided this could be a great beginning to a piece which could become my first full length novel, Wake (working title). The idea for Wake was born from a writing retreat on the outskirts of Bendigo, Australia. I had taken a break from punching keys on my laptop and walked from the small cabin into the night. Now standing in the silence with the tree canopy looming above, I watched the breeze adjust the leaves ever so slightly—barely enough to create a rustling. It was a creepy, lonely night; isolating beyond anything I had experienced. I smiled. An idea seeded: What would it be like to wake in the middle of nowhere with no memories and no idea of how you came to be there. Wake, is my first completed novel and I am currently 45,000 words into its sequel. I am also editing, Citylife, my second completed novel, and finished writing my third novel, Blue, whilst on a return trip from the US where I visited for book research. You’re welcome to have a read of some of my short stories on my website. Let me know if you liked them. In addition, my writing group and I have completed two anthology of short stories, with another to be completed in April. See my website for more information.
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