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What are the dos and don'ts of talking to a literary agent?

An agent from a very large, well-established literary agency contacted me to say he liked my self-pubbed sci-fi, that he'd seen all the glowing reader reviews, and to ask about my future plans and if I had taken on representation. I answered those questions directly (plans for new books and no, I don't have representation). Presuming he writes back... what do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Feb 27, 2013 - 6 answers

How to cold-contact editors of local (or national) publications?

Cold-contacting editors and publishers in Austin and elsewhere: I want to return to freelancing after several years away from the field. Problem is, my previous freelance jobs all came from lucky, completely random meetings with editors and networking based on that luck, in another city. Please help me strategize so I can make a good impression on editors I haven't met in person! [more inside]
posted by xenophile on Jan 8, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I negotiate with my publisher?

My stats notes are getting too long to distribute using the university printers. A publisher wants to turn them into a printed book, but I want to keep control of the electronic distribution of my work. How should I approach this situation? [more inside]
posted by mixing on Nov 26, 2012 - 17 answers

How to strike a deal with a publisher who likes my nonfiction book proposal?

The publisher likes my book proposal -- now what? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Oct 2, 2010 - 9 answers

Great list of independent publishers

Can you point me to a good list of independent publishers? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on Jun 6, 2010 - 3 answers

What are the major book publishers in Shanghai, China?

Just wondering what the major book publishers are in Shanghai. I'm especially interested in presses that focus on literature, history, politics, serious non-fiction... I've been doing some research but was hoping someone more familiar with the media scene in China might be able to clue me in on the major or up-and-coming houses. Thanks.
posted by jng on May 10, 2010 - 1 answer

How do authors and artists know whether or not they're being cheated by publishers and record companies?

How do authors and artists know whether or not they're being cheated by publishers and record companies? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter on Feb 8, 2010 - 11 answers

How much money does the gossip magazine / gossip blog / tabloid industry make?

So, celebrity gossip is everywhere and lots of $$$ is forked out for images of famous babies, etcetera... BUT how much money does the gossip industry MAKE? [more inside]
posted by Elle Vator on Dec 11, 2009 - 5 answers

Publishing Directions Needed!

How do I submit book proposals to publishers? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Feb 17, 2009 - 17 answers

Frustration

I'm a writer/translator who is crap at writing cover letters. Yes, I am dumb. Please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2008 - 2 answers

Who is publishing in the New Weird and/or Slipstream styles?

I'm looking for some science fiction publishers who publish in the New Weird and/or Slipstream styles. I know about Tachyon Publications... can you please point me toward others?
posted by Fuzzy Monster on Jul 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Best book publication methods?

I have a web site. I want to write a book based on the topic. I have publishers/agents asking to talk to me, but I don't know if I'm ready. For one thing, I'm not convinced traditional publication is best — I'm intrigued by self-publishing and e-books. I'm looking for general advice: What are the pros and cons of each method? It seems that unless I'm lucky, traditional publishing offers the lowest dollar return. But are there other, intangible benefits I'm missing? Exposure? Having somebody who knows what they're doing guide me along? And how do I approach a discussion with agents/publishers so as to get the best deal? [more inside]
posted by jdroth on Jan 7, 2008 - 13 answers

How do find different publications of a book?

How can I find out what different versions of a book are currently in publication? Especially for older works with open copyrights, how do you find out if some random publisher's putting out a really nice hardbound, vs the paperback that's all you can find on Amazon? [more inside]
posted by tirade on Nov 10, 2007 - 6 answers

The textbook I was going to use is out of print. Now what?

The book I was planning to use for a course this spring just went out of print. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Nov 8, 2007 - 17 answers

How do barbershops get free magazine subscriptions?

Every time I go to a classic barbershop, I have noticed that they receive every magazine and newspaper under-the-sun. I recently asked my barber how he affords all of them, and he says that they just show up. Does anyone know how this happens? I assume the publishers have programs that identify and send free subscriptions to places where people "wait?" Does anyone know more about formal services that facilitate this?
posted by tdabbott on Apr 13, 2007 - 14 answers

Help me get paid to be a book nerd.

PublishingJobsFilter: I am trying to land a job in the book publishing industry in New York, and it's been a fairly daunting process so far. Please hold my hand. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Oct 18, 2006 - 25 answers

Books and Birds

Why are there so many book publishers that have birds in their names or their logos? Is there a historical explanation? Is there any explanation? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Feb 8, 2006 - 22 answers

Friends with Typos

Friends who write books: My question is simple. If a friend has had a book published (not their first by any means) by a well-known publisher and one notices several typos in the text, is it best not to mention them? Or is it polite to commiserate with said friend over the lack of thoroughness on the part of the publisher? I don't want to be rude, but I want to show that I really have read the book.
posted by different on Dec 10, 2004 - 16 answers

Tips for a first writer's conference?

I'm going to my first writer's conference tomorrow! Does anyone have any tips on what I should do, particularly in tke Ask-A-Pro part, where I get 5 minutes one-on-one with an agent or publisher? [more inside]
posted by badstone on Aug 27, 2004 - 9 answers

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