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. Countless writers have turned to this book to figure out how to decipher the hidden codes to getting published. It reveals:
• tools to discern and exploit the rapidly changing publishing environment • the crucial differences between independent houses and the “Big 5” publishers • hard truths about self-publishing • names, interests, and contact information of hundreds of agents and editors • how writers unwittingly disqualify themselves from the consideration they deserve, and how to optimize chances with agents • critical thinking skills for outside-the-box publishing strategies • the nuts and bolts of superior query letters and proposals • how to spot and avoid ever-more-prevalent scams • the value of “book doctors” and when to consider hiring them • what to do — and not do — once you’ve got an editor or publisher interested
Herman’s book remains the go-to guide for everything anyone ever wanted to know about book publishing.
Comprehensive index lists dozens of subjects and categories to help you find the perfect publisher or agent.
“I highly recommend Jeff Herman’s Guide. It was the most helpful book I bought about how to get published.” — Nicholas Sparks, New York Times bestselling author of Dreamland and The Notebook
“Nothing beats Jeff Herman’s Guide.” — Jack Canfield, coauthor, Chicken Soup for the Soul series
“Jeff Herman has done a service to every writer who wants to make a living in this business. Every author should have a copy on their shelf.” — Chip MacGregor, literary agent
“Everything you need to get started.” — Cheryl Richardson, New York Times bestselling author of Stand Up for Your Life
“Jeff Herman’s Guide remains the Rosetta Stone of writerly success.” — James Broderick, PhD, Bookpleasures.com
“I got my agent by using this guide!” — Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries
“When you get to the ‘finding the agent’ stage, check out Jeff Herman’s Guide. I found it very useful because it gives more background on agents. Keep in mind that publishing is very personality driven.” — Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love
“I sent my proposal and sample pages to ten agents selected from Jeff Herman’s Guide and was shocked to receive interest from three of them. I celebrated when I signed with an agent and again when my first book was sold.” — Jacqueline Winspear, New York Times bestselling author of Maisie Dobbs
“Here’s my two cents: I used Jeff Herman’s Guide. It includes a huge list of agents, interviews about what they are looking for, and useful info on big and small presses.” — Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of Lies and Other Acts of Love
“If you are only going to get one book on this subject, Jeff Herman’s Guide is the one I recommend. When I was looking for an agent, this was the book that showed me how. The only thing is, you have to do what it says.” — Marie Bostwick, author of Between Heaven and Texas