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Jeff Herman's guide to book publishers, editors & literary agents : who they are, what they want, how to win them over
Herman, Jeff, 1958-
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Publication Information:
Novato, Calif. : New World Library, [2014]

Physical Description:
x, 627 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"Fully revised and updated 2015"--Cover.

Includes index.
Advice for writers -- Publishing conglomerates -- Independent presses (US) -- University presses (US) -- Canadian book publishers -- Literary agents -- Independent editors.
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PN162 .H44 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference Desk
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If you want to get published, read this book! Jeff Herman's Guide unmasks nonsense, clears confusion, and unlocks secret doorways to success for new and veteran writers! This highly respected resource is used by publishing insiders everywhere and has been read by millions all over the world. Jeff Herman's Guide is the writer's best friend. It reveals the names, interests, and contact information of thousands of agents and editors. It presents invaluable information about more than 350 publishers and imprints (including Canadian and university presses), lists independent book editors who can help you make your work more publisher-friendly, and helps you spot scams.Countless writers have achieved their highest aspirations by following Herman's outside-the-box strategies. If you want to reach the top of your game and transform rejections into contracts, you need this book! Jeff Herman's Guide will educate you, inspire you, and become your virtual entourage at every stepalong the exhilarating journey to publication. Ask anyone in the book business, and they will refer you to Jeff Herman's Guide. NEW for 2015: Comprehensive index listing dozens of subjects and categories to help you find the perfect publisher or agent.

Author Notes

Jeff Herman , a successful literary agent, has sold more than a thousand books to dozens of publishers and, since 1990, mentored millions of writers through this guidebook

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Library Journal Review

Herman (Write the Perfect Book Proposal) is a literary agent with 30 years of experience overseeing more than 1,000 books into publication. This book was first published in 1990 and has been updated annually since. The work's goal is to provide authors of all types an insider's guide to getting published. It begins with a brief introduction and offers information in seven parts: "Advice to Writers"; "Publishing Conglomerates"; "Independent Presses (US)"; "Academic Presses (US)"; "Canadian Book Publishers"; "Literary Agents"; and "Independent Editors." The first part consists of 14 short, personable essays, from two to six pages in length each, on topics such as "Write the Perfect Query Letter" and "Post Publication Depression Syndrome (PPSS)." These draw heavily upon the author's work and experience in the field and supply anecdotes and advice for the reader. The sections about publishers and presses give a paragraph of overview and contact information for each entity. The "Literary Agents" section is comprised of a short interview with each of about 150 agents who do not charge reading fees, and forms the bulk of the book. "Independent Editors" discusses in an essay when and why to use such an editor, then provides listings from five independent editor groups. VERDICT This volume offers a more friendly and supportive guide to the publishing industry than the books in the "Writer's Market" series and is a valuable addition for reference collections supporting local writers seeking publication. Frequent updates help keep the contact information current.-Samantha Schmehl Hines, Mansfield Lib., Univ. of Montana, Missoula (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.