Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! 2011, 21E

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Overview

The Writer's Best Friend and Bible!

Writers, agents, and editors all agree that Herman's Guide is the must have, go-to reference for everyone who writes. This book will get you past the slush piles and into the hands of the people who have the power to publish. You will learn the names and contact information for hundreds of agents and editors, and will be given the "code" for how to win them over. More comprehensive than ever, this 21st edition will give you all the insider information you need to get published, including how to write knockout pitch letters and proposals, as well as an expanded Canadian section.

Praise for Jeff Herman's Guide

"On the road to becoming a bestselling author, my first step was buying Jeff Herman's Guide."-Meg Cabot, author of many NY Times bestsellers, including The Princess Diaries (multi-book series)

"Nothing beats Jeff Herman's Guide."
-Jack Canfield, coauthor, Chicken Soup for the Soul series

"From a no-book author to a three-book deal by reading this book."-Marsha Marks, published author

"I have purchased all the books about how to get published, but Herman's is by far the best. It's in a class by itself. My advice to writers is buy this book first, not last like I did."-Brenda Ritter, satisfied customer

"Wow! How does Jeff get so much valuable information into one book? For the price it's a bargain. My advice: get this book."-Wayne Botha, satisfied customer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402243370
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Edition number: 21
  • Pages: 1104
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Herman is one of the world's most successful literary agents, having represented such bestselling authors as Ken Fisher, Jack Canfield, and Mark Victor Hansen. He has personally brought hundreds of writers into publication and helped launch thousands of careers. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, he lives in Stockbridge, MA.
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Introduction

The multinational conglomerated publishing entities

Jeff Herman

A long time ago, the U.S. book publishing business consisted of hundreds of mom-and-pop companies. Each was generally named for the individual(s) who founded the firm, and their respective catalogues reflected their own special tastes and sensibilities. Separately, none of these entities or individuals had the power to dictate the contemporary status or future direction of publishing. They were a thriving community of several hundred distinct pieces. Collectively, they comprised our nation's entire book publishing structure.

The revolution came and happened quickly. Some of us complained, but it didn't make any difference. It was a funny revolution in that it reversed the usual dynamic. Unlike the breaking away of exploited tribes from masters of conquest, which is revolution in its most romantic form, we watched as faceless and formless conquerors wrapped themselves around most of our precious tribes and soundlessly absorbed them into a small number of obese oceans. Perhaps those who might have cared the most saw gold before they saw the cost. Can we blame them? Should we even judge the result? Perhaps it is wiser to simply adjust.

We have consolidated the largest multinational publishing properties into their own section. It seemed right to do so, since consolidation has been their most striking feature. These companies possess the brand names of the firms they have acquired over the past three decades. While some of the firms may be led by high-profile individuals or greatly influenced by multigenerational families that control large blocks of non-traded stock, it is also safe to say that these firms are greater than any one person or any unified collection of people. At the end of the day, it is the various pension funds and institutional investment firms that must be satisfied.

There are two other key features of multinational publishers. 1) Most of them are controlled by foreign interests. 2) The book publishing programs are an extremely small part of a much larger agenda, which includes movies, magazines, broadcast and cable channels, newspapers, music, and the Internet.

Do not let my irreverent or ominous tone chase you away. At all of these firms you will find hardworking, dedicated editors who want nothing more than the ability to publish good books. And they manage to achieve that. So join with them and adjust to the system as it is. The best thing you can do is get your book published.

This section is followed by a large number of independent and small houses, each of which is capable of doing as much, or more, than the big houses. The independent houses are not vestiges from a dead past. To the contrary, they keep the current publishing climate vibrant, and help create the future with their entrepreneurial and innovative ways. Don't ever think twice about joining them.

I have asserted my discretionary powers to place a few houses in the Independent Section that could also fit into the Conglomerates Section. Obviously, not all corporations are the same. Some are the equivalent of Jupiter, while others are more like Mercury (I'm actually referring to size, not "personalities"). When the book division is not a mere asterisk within its corporate envelope, but is instead a crucial piece, you will find it with the independents.

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Table of Contents

Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents

Section One publishing conglomerates 1
The Listings 5
Section Two Independent U.S. Presses 129
The Listings 131
Section Three University Presses 365
Introduction: The University as Publisher
William Hamilton 367
The Listings 373
Section four Canadian Book Publishers 443
Introduction: Canadian Book Publishing and the Canadian Market Greg Ioannou 445
The Listings 447
Section five Literary Agents 487
Introduction: What Makes This
Agent Directory Special? Jeff Herman 489
The Listings 491

ADVICE for writers

The Battle of the "UNs":
Unagented/Unsolicited Submissions | Jeff Herman 815
The Literary Agency from A to Z:
How Literary Agents Work | Jeff Herman 822
An Alternative Introduction to Literary Agents | Jeff Herman 827
Write the Perfect Query Letter | Deborah Levine Herman and Jeff Herman 829
The Knockout Nonfiction Book Proposal | Jeff Herman 835
Profound Questions and Humble Answers | Jeff Herman 859
The Author-Agency Contract | Jeff Herman 872
Secrets of Ghostwriting and Collaboration Success | Toni Robino 876
Collaboration Agreement | Jeff Herman 886
When the Deal Is Done: How to Thrive After
Signing a Publishing Contract | Jeff Herman 889
Fiction Dictionary | Jamie M. Forbes 895
Self-Publishing | Jeff Herman 908
The Writer's Journey:
The Path of the Spiritual Messenger | Deborah Levine Herman 913
Rejected...Again: The Process and the Art of Perseverence | Jeff Herman 917
Tribulations of the Unknown Writer
(and Possible Remedies) | Jeff Herman 922
When Nothing Happens to Good (or Bad) Writers
AKA Ignored Writer Syndrome (IWS) | Jeff Herman 926
Post-Publication Depression Syndrome | Jeff Herman 928
Writing & Publishing in 2013 & Beyond | Jeff Herman 930

INDEPENDENT EDITORS

Scams and Book Doctors: In That Order | Jeff Herman 939
Nine Signs of a Scam Book Doctor | Jerry Gross 944
An Editor of One's Own | The Editors of Words Into Print 947
Your Book May be Better than You (and They) Think | The Editors
of the Creative Literary Alliance 953

The Listings 955
The Eleven Essential Questions for Every Nonfiction Author | Gerald Sindell 970
Resources for Writers
Web Sites for Authors 977
Suggested Resources 1017
Glossary 1033
Index 1059

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