While I’m a champion of quality self-publishing, sometimes a trade publisher is the right way to go for a particular project. And this week I have seen two excellent and rare opportunities for authors to get their work before some of the best in the business. One is a a major literary agent who is open for queries; the other is a Big Six publisher considering unsolicited manuscripts.
Rachelle Gardner accepting book queries
Rachelle is a literary agent well-known in the publishing world, largely because of her lively and informative blog. She is based in the USA and represents both general market and Christian authors. She has done more than 100 book deals between authors and publishers.
It has been hard to get representation from Rachelle, but she has recently opened her books again, and is currently receiving queries.
Does your book fit her style? Make sure you check carefully to see the types of books she represents.
Her submission guidelines are very specific. I recommend you print them out, read them aloud, mark everything relevant to you with a highlighter, and then read them again. Seriously. A person of this calibre receives thousands of queries, and if your query doesn’t follow the guidelines, it will simply be deleted. So follow the guidelines.
Just in case you missed that little point, I’ll say it again, follow the guidelines! 🙂
Penguin accepting unsolicited manuscripts from Australian authors
Penguin Books Australia is actually inviting unsolicited manuscripts from Australian authors. Yes indeed, the publishing world is spinning a little to the side these days. If you’ve been trying to get a manuscript published for a while, you know what a remarkable thing this is.
See the terms of the deal by clicking here.
Note that it only applies from the 1st to the 7th of each month, that it is only for adult books, and that there are specific instructions for how to make your submission. So again, follow the guidelines.
Best wishes for your efforts! Let us know if you have any success!