Getting Published Step 4: Submitting to Publishers

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Once you’ve signed with an agent, your agent will then submit your book to editors at publishing houses and try to get you a sale. Here’s an overview of how the publisher submission process works.

  • After signing with your agent, she will probably ask you to revise your manuscript based on her notes.
  • Once your agent believes your manuscript is in “sellable” shape, she will create a submission list of editors and publishing houses that she believes are looking for books like yours.
  • Your agent will then query those editors and send your manuscript to them.
  • You’ll wait while the editors read and show the manuscript to other important people within the publishing house
  • Some editors may want to speak with you on the phone, or ask you questions about the book.
  • Hopefully then, you’ll receive your first offer!
  • If an offer is made, your agent will contact any editors that haven’t yet responded to let them know that an offer has been made.
  • If other editors are interested in acquiring the book, you’ll enter into an auction or bidding war and your manuscript will be sold to the editor with the best offer.
  • If, after the first offer is made, no other editors are interested, your agent will advise you as to whether or not to accept the offer you received.
  • If no offers are made on your manuscript, your agent will discuss options for moving forward which may or may not include: revising your manuscript again, approaching additional editors, or possibly starting on a new project.
Your dream of landing a publishing deal with a major U.S. publisher is within reach! Check out this video to see how The Complete Guide to Getting Published can help you prepare for the process of submitting your manuscript to publishers!