Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Agents, and Publishers, and Queries...Oh My!

I decided to go through my Sally Stuart's book and kind of get an idea of how many agents and publishers are around. My book is 2 years old, so it's not up to date as far as preferences go, but it does give me an idea about who will even LOOK at new authors.

It's daunting. Very. I'm in the revisions stage of my Amish novel. My novel is not the usual "put a bonnet on it" kind of book. It tells some stories that aren't very nice to know about, but it's based on TRUE stories that ex-Amish shared over the last year. I know parts of this book may upset loyal Amish fiction readers, but I had to write the truth. The WHOLE truth. There are great aspects of Amish life that many love and appreciate, but there are some things about Amish life that are NOT always happy. My trouble is that I have no idea, at this point, where my book fits in with the genre categories. Is it modern? Is it historical? When I contact an agent or publisher, what genre do I choose?

And just when do I query? Do I need to have the entire manuscript revised before I even query? Or do I need to have the first three chapters polished only? I read many agent blogs, but I still get confused about what is considered appropriate timing. Ack! There are so many unknowns to the new author on the writing road!

How about you? Have you queried an agent or publisher? When did you decide to query--was it early on after your book was written, or did you wait until the entire manuscript was revised and edited? What advice can you offer this novice book author? I can't wait to read your suggestions and experiences!


Andrea said...

Thanks for stopping by, this morning and also for asking about David. He is doing well, so far. Please continue to pray for him. It is a slow growing cancer and found to be in the early stages. We are praising GOD for this news. His oncologist also wants him to take a more holistic and organic approach at this time.
Blessings, andrea

Sherri Ward said...

If you get anything figured out, please let us - or at least me!:) know! Trying to get published the traditional way is indeed daunting.

Dee Yoder said...

Sherri, if I get it figured out, you can be sure I'll blog about it-LOL! Thanks for stopping by to comment. (:

Joanne Sher said...

Personally, I'm waiting until mine is all edited. NO idea if everyone does that or not - but I figure if I get a request for a full, I'll be ready! Not sure what is standard - planning to research that stuff myself once I send mine off to Deb.