When you send your manuscript to the right place in the right format, you increase your chances
of moving to the next stage in the process. I have heard many irritating--and humorous--stories from agents and editors about
submissions that did not follow their guidelines--guidelines that are easily accessible (see Research Resources to the left).
If you are serious about getting your novel published, you want to minimize the frustration level of the agent and editor that
want to help you. Find out how the agency or publishing company wants the manuscript submitted and do what the guidelines state.
Another part of doing the research involves networking. As with every industry these days, the
people you know and the contacts you make will many times get your further than the work you do and the person you are. This
is not to say that your work is not brilliant and that you are not a wonderful person; it's just that the people making the
decisions about your novel do not know you. Look up national writers' associations and sign up to attend their conferences.
The more you can get yourself to these, the more encouragement you will receive from fellow writers, and the more and greater
opportunities will come your way. I gained a huge boost when I attended the
conferences and Murder in the Grove
and I plan to attend Sleuthfest
in February 2009.
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