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publishing tips???
« on: May 03, 2015, 08:26:05 AM »

So I just finished reading Afterworlds and it was the most interesting style of book I've ever read, what with the two storylines and being able to follow Darcy's rewriting process.
[As my username suggests] I really want to be a writer. I haven't tried publishing yet, so I was wondering if anyone knows if it's true that they only read the first chapter of your book when they're deciding if they want to publish you???

If so, I'd better start vamping up my first chapters!


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Re: publishing tips???
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2015, 08:33:00 AM »

How much they read depends on the person. You write a query letter, and they always read that, and sometimes they ask for early pages (I've seen between five and fifty when they ask for them at all) and sometimes a synopsis. Also, I think a lot of publishers don't actually accept direct queries, they just accept agents. But as far as I can tell the querying process is very similar with agents and publishers.
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