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How Do You Get Published? A List of Ten Literary Agents Who Are Looking For New Authors

Updated on January 10, 2014

The Writing World Is a Tough World Indeed

I speak from experience. After I finished writing my novel “The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday To Today,” I spent quite a bit of time sending query letters to agents and publishers. I still have the letters and I still have the rejection slips to prove it.

All told I sent over 100 query letters during a one year span. I receive a grand total of twenty-two responses to those one-hundred letters. From those twenty-two responses I received two requests for more information and from those two requests I received zero offers.

Mine is not an unusual story by any means. This is a tough field to succeed in. If you are looking for instant gratification then I suggest you buy some chocolate ice cream. If you are looking for some lessons about life then keep writing and submitting.

There are literallyhundreds of literary agents out there. Most are quite hesitant about taking on new authors at this time, and that may be a statement that will be true for years because of the advent of ebooks. Agents have a tough job trying to pitch books to publishers who are not interested in gambling on newcomers.

But all is not bleak. I did some research and made some phone calls and I came up with ten agents who are still interested in new writers and who are still accepting proposals. Hopefully one of them will be your own personal pot of gold.

Remember that when you are submitting proposals, it is very important to follow guidelines to the letter. If an agent asks for five pages do not send them six. If they say do not send attachments then for God’s sake don’t attach. Above all, make your query letter a heart-stopper, because that may be the most crucial piece of correspondence that you ever write. If your query letter does not interest an agent you will get no further. Remember that you are a writer, so write as if your literary life depended on it.

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Ten Agents Worth Considering and Contacting

STEPHEN BARR

Stephen Barr works for Writers House (writershouse.com) out of New York, NY. He is interested in adult literary, picture books, graphic novels, memoirs, narrative, pop culture, food and humor.

How To Submit: Send a query letter by email to sbarr@writershouse.com. Include five to ten pages of your book pasted in the body of the email. He will not accept any attachments.

JAMIE WEISS CHILTON

Ms. Chilton is an agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency (andreabrownlit.com) in Los Angeles, CA. She will take a look at books for young readers only, especially teen novels with great emotional content. She is also interested in smart thrillers and mysteries, sci-fi, surreal stories, magical realism and picture books.

How To Submit: Query letter by email to Jamie@andreabrownlit.com. Put “query” in the subject line and include any publishing credits you might have. Paste the material in the email as she accepts no attachments.

JOHN CUSICK

An agent for the Scott Treimel NY Agency (scotttreimelny.com), John Cusick is interested in middle grade and young adult material only. He does not want fantasy, sports or recent historical.

How To Submit: Use the form online at scotttreimelny.com/?=node/13.

EVAN GREGORY

Evan Gregory is an agent with the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency (ethanellenberg.com) in New York. He is interested in children’s historical, literary, sci-fi, fantasy, thriller, women’s fiction and YA/juvenile. In nonfiction he is interested in art, architecture and photography, as well as biography, business science, science, home and garden and parenting.

How To Submit: Query letter by email to agent@ethanellenberg.com. All material must be pasted in the body of the email. For fiction include a synopsis and the first 50 pages of your work. For nonfiction include the full book proposal. For children’s books include the full text of the work.

DAWN MICHELLE HARDY

Ms. Hardy is an agent for the Serendipity Literary Agency (serendipitylit.com) in Brooklyn. She prefers romance, young adult, commercial women’s fiction, health, pop culture, faith-based, true crime, humor and narrative.

How To Submit: Send a query and PDF of full manuscript for fiction and a proposal for nonfiction by email to dawn@serendipitylit.com. In the subject line include your book’s title and “Writer’s Digest.”

MARY KOLE

Mary works for Movable Type Management in New York. She has interests in books for young readers only. Favorite among those are realistic, fantasy, adventure, thriller, paranormal, mystery, sci-fi, horror and romance. She prefers works with high emotional content and a theme that will resonate with all kids. She will also consider nonfiction works in food and cookbooks.

How To Submit: Query letter by email to mkole@movabletm.com. For fiction include the first ten pages. For nonfiction, send a proposal, table of contents and one sample chapter. Everything must be pasted in the body of the email; no attachments. Write the word “query” in the subject line.

PAUL LUCAS

Paul Lucas works for Janklow & Nesbit Associates (janklowandnesbit.com) in New York. His interests include literary, fiction, historical fiction, thriller, horror, sci-fi and fantasy. In nonfiction he will take a look at popular science, narrative, sports and business.

How To Submit: Send a query by email to plucas@janklow.com. Include the first 25 pages of your novel or a proposal for your nonfiction. Paste all material in the body of the email.

CAMERON MCCLURE

Cameron suggests that writers learn patience and the value of hard work. She works for the Donald Maass Literary Agency (maassagency.com) in New York. She is interested in mostly fiction, specifically fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, suspense, thriller, literary fiction, historical fiction, and young adults.

How To Submit: Send a one-page query by email to cmcclure@maassagency.com. Include the first five pages of your work. Paste all material into the email.

LAUREN RUTH

Ms. Ruth works for Bookends, LLC (bookends-inc.com;slushpiletales.wordpress.com) in Gilette, New Jersey. She leans towards romance, literary fiction, middle-grade, young adults, mystery and women’s fiction. In nonfiction she will consider memoirs, parenting and family, relationships, food, lifestyle, business, popular science, pop culture and popular psychology.

How To Submit: Send a query by email to submissions@bookendsinc.com. Include the first five pages of your manuscript, and write “query for Lauren” in the subject line. All materials must be pasted in the body of the email.

KATIE SHEA

Katie Shea also works for Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York. She likes literary fiction, commercial fiction, women’s fiction, realistic YA, memoirs and narrative.

How To Submit: Query letter by email to kshea@maassagency.com. Include first five pages of your manuscript. Paste into the email.

Good Video on Query Letters

Good Luck to You All

I’m still looking for my pot of gold, and I suspect the search will continue for some time. That’s okay! Anything worth dreaming about is worth working for, and I’ve got all the patience in the world AND I believe in my writing ability.

Do not give up on your dream. Famous literary giants toiled in relative obscurity for years before they were published. You just have to pay your dues and keep writing. Who knows when that miracle is going to happen?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is a very helpful list! I have always heard that every person has at least one great novel inside of them. I have a few ideas but never made the time. If I find it, I will certainly consult this comprehensive list!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Tammy! I'm quite certain you have a very interesting story to tell; I hope you tell it some day soon.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      This is certainly advice and information any writer will be glad to get! You've done the research, not only providing names but adding what each particular agent is looking for. That is so important..wouldn't want to send a children's book to someone who is only interested in adult fiction. As always Bill you are helping those in Hubville.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful writing. Your essence of not too much and not too little information, is just awesome. Maybe some day, I will have cause to write these agents, certainly you do. Thank you.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great list in today's book publishing arena. getting a book published if you are not a celeb, sports star or have a gazillion pedigrees is tough. However I do know personally that good fiction always has a market. especially mysteries are hot right now..Actually always have been. Thanks for putting this out for all of us would be writers.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Mary! I've been wondering about you and if you had lost power. Obviously not. I hope you are well and that the storm didn't do too much damage. Thank you for taking the time to visit, and if this list is helpful then great.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wowee Bill! Great info...you are a trail blazer. I admire you just for having the know how and then applying it and mailing in submissions!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you are much too kind and I thank you! I think you have a book in you and I hope you write it one day.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for the great leads, Billy. One never knows until you try.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, you are very welcome. I agree that good fiction will always have a market. It's a case of being in the right place at the right time, and never giving up. :) Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Kelly, thank you! Trailblazer? Wouldn't that be nice? I think I'm just a guy with a lot of time on his hands. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I agree! So many people don't even try to I think that is sad. It costs nothing to give it a go and who knows what might happen after that. Thank you Deb and have a great weekend.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Will bear these in mind. Thanks for these contacts.

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      Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the suggestions Bill, very useful!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      I booked marked this hub. Thanks for the research and your generocity in sharing. I really enjoy your hubs and you seem like such a kind person.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, thank you very much. I do try to be kind; I hope that's how others see me. :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Pinning this to go through at my leisure and thank you a ton for sharing these contacts here. Have of course voted up and shared all over as always!!

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      MKayo 4 years ago from Texas

      WHat a great Hub! Very informational and gives it straight! Writing is indeed a tough gig. Thanks and voted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Judi, you are very welcome, and thank you for the visit my friend. Sunshine here as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Michelle. Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MK, thank you! I hope it helps you at some point in your writing career.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, it is my pleasure. We all help each other; that's how this thing called friendship works. :)

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      Jim Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Bill, you've certainly done your homework for writers who want to continue kicking it old school. Frankly, I don't know how much life remains in traditional publishing, and I am not inclined to try to serve two masters. For this reformed old-school writer, it's online all the way, come what may.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill, my friend, you always amaze me. No writer in their right mind would turn their heads on this article. You did all the hard work and then handed your assessment to the world of other writers. That...is a teacher and, a remarkbly generous human. What a great resouce this is. Now, enjoy some Bev time because you've done your good deed for the day.

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      cre8ivOne 4 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Thank you for the information! I have a short story that i want to expand into a novel this will be helpful.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thank you, Bill. I will keep this in mind when the time comes.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, I hear you for sure. I'm torn between the two. Not quite ready to give up on old-school yet, but I'm getting close. Thanks buddy and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, just doing my part. What goes around comes around, right? We all help each other; at least, that's the way I would hope it works. Thank you, Kindred, and have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cre8ivOne, I hope you do expand that short story and give it a try, and if this hub helps you then fantastic.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, thank you! Now tell me about the snow. How much did you get and are you safe?

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thanks for this wonderful list! One day, I want to be published...that's a ways in the future, but I'll keep your list just in case they are still interested then!

      V0ted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LaDena, I hope one day you give it a try, and if this list helps you then fantastic. Thank you my friend!

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      Perspycacious 4 years ago

      Writer's Digest Books has a book on "How To Get A Literary Agent" by Michael Larsen, AAR which includes "finding and agent, becoming their dream client, and making your submission stand out". billybuc has done the rest for you, and this book may well be available through your local library. Good work done well, billyb!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Perspycacious, thank you for that reference. I have read that book and it is a great reference.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Bill....Thanks for your generosity in sharing this list and the tips for approaching each of these agents.

      Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Jaye! I hope it helps many.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Pinning this for future reference! Writing a book and getting published is on my bucket list! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, thank you and I hope it helps in the future. Good luck with that bucket list. Mine is quite long. :)

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Wonderful resource, Bill. I was thinking, "I wouldn't even know where to begin to pitch a novel..." Then I thought, "maybe I should write one first!" Pinning this for future reference :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Bill, I am safe, and I didn't lose power! In Boston we got around 22 inches, last I heard. But it's hard to tell, because the wind was blowing for so many hours. There are some spots that are deep, and some that aren't that bad. For the past 24 hours or so, there's been a ban on driving, except for emergency vehicles and plows, etc, in Mass. I have seen a lot of people out shoveling, sledding and skiing down the steep hill beside our building, and cute little dogs bounding through the snow today. Fun times!

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Useful stuff to know. I trawled the whole WRITERS' & ARTISTS YEARBOOK for about two-three years whilst writing RAVENFEAST and got fed up, making the stupid mistake of going with Authorhouse. I've recovered something like dignity since switching to New Generation (London EC2). I've won't learn about my royalties until April, so I've got a wait yet. Know any Hollywood movie producers, like the ones who produced the SHARPE films for Bernard Cornwell?

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Very interesting, Billybuc,

      Great subject and advice for many of us here, I guess. I have read some of your work, and yes, have faith, something will definitely happen. It is good to try finding someone who deals with your speciality or genre. Increases your chances, but I guess that you have this covered.

      I specialise in Yoga philosophy/spirituality and so I generally need to look in the right places. I know of Writer's House. Useful. I will return to your 'query' later. You readers may know that it is quite important. Stay blessed.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, thanx for the insight. It seems most publishers are interested in promoting reading for today's youth. They should be made aware of your H.O.W. movement!

      The attached video is very informative; I am a subscriber the the the site that presents the information.

      Once again, thank you for doing all you can to find avenues with which we aspriring writers can earn a lucrative livelihood and become known in the literary world.

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      rosika 4 years ago

      very useful bill......I have read many times about author struggling to have their book published.......I haven't written any novel yet but if ever in the future I dare, this will be very helpful.

      Thanks for sharing Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donnah.....LOL....yes, writing one would be the first step for sure. Great line; thanks for the laugh and the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I'm glad all is well with you and it didn't cause too many problems. Bev and I still sled when we get the opportunity. We just don't live in an area where the opportunity comes along very often.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      manatita, thank you my friend and I am blessed each and every day. I hope you are as well, and I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, it is my pleasure. If I can help I always will. As for H.O.W., I sense it is dying from complacency. I don't see much action from the other writers and honestly, I'm not surprised. It kind of reflects society in general. I greatly appreciate everything you have done my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosika, I appreciate you stopping by and I hope one day that you get the chance to write a novel.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Billy,

      To those interested in getting published, self-publishing is another avenue. Adventurer-speaker Alastair Humphreys has self-published at least 4 books and he has been pretty successful at it.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      This is great advice billy, and will hopefully be really useful for someone. I am just writing my second book but will only go down the amazon route to be honest because as you say its pretty difficult, but you never know! voted up! nell

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill, I think it is great that you try to help writers. I applaud you for that. They say that everyone has at least one book inside, but you need the desire to write that book, for which i have none. I love to write narrative poetry and the plight of the disadvantaged, sometimes i enjoy writing a humorous poem. I know others will take advantage of your list of contacts. Good luck to you all..Cheers

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      This is a hard market to make it in. I've heard some publishers get so many submissions that most books never get looked at before receiving a rejection. Your hub contains good information and if we don't keep trying, we'll never make it.

      Best of luck and don't forget the Harry Potter books. The author got rejection after rejection before she was published. I bet those publishers were depressed when they realized the success they missed.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      A little P.S. Thanks for your concern. We made out well, only about a foot, and did Not lose electricity...whoopee...we're so seasoned we drove down to NJ to visit!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, sadly I am not in touch with Hollywood producers. :) I don't seem to hang in the same circles.

      I think we all learn as we go in this business. I can read all the manuals that were ever written on how to publish and I find none of them apply to me. LOL

      Thank you Sir and best of luck to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, no doubt about it. I self-published, but I wanted to write this hub just for those who are trying the traditional way of publishing. Thank you for that addition.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, to say it is pretty difficult is the understatement of the year. LOL Best of luck to you and thank you.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hello Bill, I guess I will keep you valuable info for use at some future point, probably when I have written as many hubs as you! That should allow me a few more years to procrastinate. As usual, you are a mine of information and a model of kindness. Thanks for writing this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I love that you know you have no desire to write a book. So many kid themselves and reach for a star that is not there. Keep doing what you are doing; you make an impact with your work and I applaud you for it.

      Blessings to you my friend, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, it is one of those businesses where you have to be in the right place at the right time, and sometimes that right place never materializes. So we keep writing and hoping. :) Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I'm very happy to hear that. Whoopee indeed! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I believe in helping others. If my information helps another HP writer then that is great. I assume that others feel the same way, and even if they don't, this is the way I was raised and I'm happy for it. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Billy,

      Further to our above exchange of notes, if you haven't already written about self-publishing, please add a 'how to' hub on that too. It is just a request :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, thank you for the request. I will do that in the near future.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this valuable info. I got off to a rough start 2 years ago.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill!

      Thanks once again for this very informative and useful hub here. It is so great of you to share all of this information here with us!

      Excellent and very much appreciated.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Bill

      This is helpful information. I have been rejected...I compiled a cookbook about 25 years ago and sent it to my friend in Vero Beach. He made awesome illustrations and I sent if off to publishers...about ten....big publishing houses whose names are well known.

      I received my manuscript and the rejection slip back from all of them but one.

      After that time I just never got back to it as my life was so full with all that our lives is full of. I would like maybe one day to publish but again circumstances are not right at this time. If I do so, it will be on line. Again, thanks for the Agents' list...maybe one day I will need it. Surely others will welcome the information right now.

      Sending you many many Angels ....to you and yours on this Sunday morning...:) ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Martin! Rough starts, I think, are the norm in this business. We just keep plugging along and learn along the way. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, it is my pleasure to give back to a site that has been so good to me. Thank you for your kind words and enjoy your Sunday.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, a common story for us writers. One thing we all must have is a thick skin. I told myself a long time ago that simply because I was rejected did not mean my book was no good. It just meant it wasn't supposed to happen at that time. I will keep trying and of course, keep playing with the online books as well.

      Thank you my friend. Hugs and blessings coming back your way.

      bill

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Excellent hub, Billy. I'm still trying to figure out the pros and cons of eBooks versus books. Thanks for this invaluable info! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, it is my pleasure. If this helps you then fantastic. :) Thank you!

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      It's a great post and very informative. Voted up

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Wow. What a great resource. Thanks for doing the leg work!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Deb, and thank you for helping that friend of mine on Facebook.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MG, thank you Sir! I hope it helps you and others.

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Thanks again, Billybuc.

      I have finalled managed to play the 'query' video as well. Great points and by an expert, too. Well, I have sent book 1 with a Nepalese publisher, and I am on chapter 6 with the other. So great ideas to consider here. One can never know too much.

      By the way, I may be wrong, but I thought that you had already published one book. No?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, I'm glad this helped you in some way. Yes, I have self-published one novel and am currently working on my second. Thank you my friend!

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Good on you.

      Your friend in the video has mentioned both ways. I took the traditional way with the first, but I was and am still tempted with the self-published way.

      A slight digression here: 61 today!! wish me a happy birthday. (smile)

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I wish you the very best on your road to success! Some of these agents are also on my list; other names were new to me. How nice to of you to share your list with us. I've put publishing on the back burner since HP takes up most of my extra time. Reading this Hub rekindled my desire to find the right publisher for my young adult book. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Birthday Manatita! I hope you have a marvelous day my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vespa, best of luck to you with the publishing. I understand what you mean about HP taking time....it seems to be endless. :) Thank you for the visit.

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      Jonathan McCloskey 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Thanks for the information billybuc, whenever I finish one of the stories I've decided to write, I may just send out a few emails.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy,

      I think I will have to bookmark your each and every hub. Your hubs are not only inspiring but also very useful and informative, sometimes even funny.

      I have complete two manuscripts, one is a short story collection and other is a novel. Thanks for sharing this informative and useful hub.

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      Tina Truelove 4 years ago

      This is one of the most informative hubs I have read yet. Thank you so much for sharing this information. I would love to publish a book someday, but I still have a lot to learn yet.

      Bookmarked, voted up and all that good stuff!

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Thanks you so much, my brother

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Ignore that bit about Hollywood moguls, Bill - just a stale old Brit joke. Onceover, when the Yanks came here in 1941 everybody here thought every Yank had a Hollywood producer in his back pocket! Nice thought all the same, eh?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jon, I hope you do. Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, I hope this helps you; best of luck, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tina, thank you very much. I hope this is helpful to you in the future.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, my pleasure!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, during that time, I'm sure everyone in Europe thought every American had connections. Hollywood was King then wasn't it? :)

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Thanks Bill for such an informative hub. Great info and impressively put together.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      toknow, thank you very much. I hope it is helpful to you in the future.

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      LupitaRonquillo 4 years ago

      Very well told, breaking into writing as a career is by no means for anyone seeking instant gratification! Btw, thanks for the friendly list of agents and sharing your experience as a writer.

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      Philip Cooper 4 years ago from Olney

      Nice and informative hub Billy. I'm writing a novel right now and still not sure whether to try and publish in paper form or ebook form. I have some non-fiction stuff in ebook form and short stories but for a novel I am not sure what to do. At least your hub gives me a place to start in paper form. Thanks for the information.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Thank you Bill, for sharing such an important list, this would be of great help to many writers who want to publish their work here, you are a great courteous man, God bless.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lupita, it is my pleasure. I like to help other writers and I hope this helps you as well. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      one2get2no, my thoughts are that it costs nothing to try the paper form. All you have to do is send an email. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Thank you for your comments and best of luck to you on your journey.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      girishpuri, thank you my friend. I'm just trying to give back that which was freely given to me.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for the leads and the words of encouragement. I have no doubt you will find your pot of gold. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, my pleasure. I love to help other writers...God knows we all need it. LOL Thank you my friend.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      What a great and generous hub! Since I don't have a book......yet, I will bookmark this for later! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Randi! Hopefully this will help others and save them some time.

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      Great help to us who hope to become published someday. Thanks for sharing your expertise with us. Found it useful and interesting. Voted it up. : )

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dreamseeker, that was the purpose of writing it. If it helps you then I am a happy writer. Thank you!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This is an incredibly useful hub Bill! I imagine loads of people will be helped by this. Shared big time!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer....shared big time? Well thank you big time. :)

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      KittHill 4 years ago

      I sent query letters to agents and the only one to respond berated me and told me my letter was the worst thing he ever read. He said he would never bother to look at anything I wrote. I gave up after that, sorry to say. I put my book on Kindle, but my next one I will try harder. Thanks for the advise and tips.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      KittHill, I'm sorry to hear that. I have heard that the query letter is the most important letter a writer can write...if it isn't perfect it will not be read. I believe it. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy this is very useful information, you are so generous!...this will help many of us would be writers.

      Take care now.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I hope it does. Who knows when good fortune will strike? There is only one way to find out.

      Thank you Jo!

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      Jane Holmes 4 years ago

      A great hub. Those of us who are struggling writers need all the help we can get. Your article gives us a lot of good advise. I enjoyed it and would like to follow you on HubPages. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jane, you are very welcome. Thank you for the following. If I can be of any help feel free to drop me a line with any questions you might have.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Thanks, Bill not only for the list, but for the encouragement! In reading your closing statement, I couldn't help but be reminded of again of one of those "literary giants" who toiled for years before hitting the jackpot (King). I hope you find your pot of gold very, very soon!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elizabeth, thank you! If there is a pot of gold with my name on it, and if the planets align properly, maybe some day. :) There is always hope.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this valuable information, Bill. I don't know when I will get around to it, but I plan to use this in the near future.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I have been very impressed with these agents so far. They have been very receptive to offerings of mine, and although they have not accepted any yet, they are professional and encouraging.

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      This hub is one of my personal favorites! Great job - I certainly won't forget you if one of the literary agents on your list turns out to be my pot of gold (well I won't forget you if it doesn't turn out that way either :))

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vox, I'll remind you of that when you become famous. :) Thank you again!

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Looks like it is time to finish my book. Very kind of you to share such valuable information. Do any of the books in your ads seem the most helpful (like the current agent book or one on writing queries)? Are you writing a hub about query letters and what not to do?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bradalletter, the one on how to write a query letter is the most useful in my opinion. I have thought of doing such a hub but so far it hasn't made it to the top of my to do list. :) Thank you for the visit.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Billy I thought your new book was already available? So many people self publish these days. We only take on books that have a self help, esoteric or if it is fiction it has to have a spiritual or predictive humanitarian flavor that we are known for.l Good luck.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Nadine. My book is self-published and on Kindle and Amazon....and now working on a new one.

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