I wanted to write a book, but I didn't know where on earth to start. I was chatting to a journalist who told me I had to read this book. It gives you the steps you have to take in order to get published.
I'll explain quickly - write a 'submission', get an agent - who in turn finds you a publisher - who prints your book. I read 'From Pitch to Publication' from beginning to end, and it was VITAL in teaching me how to write a submission...I'm not giving away the secrets contained in the book, but I followed it almost to the letter....Guess what, for the person writing about the 'negative undertone', writing books and getting published isn't easy. It's not negativity, it's a thing called 'realism'. You need a seriously thick skin in publishing. This book tells you exactly what happens, and it doesn't gloss it up. (P.s - Writers & artists yearbook, great for a list of agents to send to, messy and complex for everything else!!!!!)
Fast forward a month, I sent my submissions to no less than 15 agents (Yes, that included yours Ms Carole <COUGH> ;-) ...)) .... every single one turned me down. This book had prepared me, I can't say I was distraught. I expected it. It simply wasn't my time.
Fast forward another year, I re worked my submission, and sent it directly to an agent I knew may be interested in my book (she was part of one of the agencies that turned me down the year previous too!!!) Within a week she signed me up. My now agent is still highly embarrassed at the situation, but she did say that 9 times out of 10 random submissions the tea boy gets to read and very few make it through. It's VITAL to send to an agent directly, and hope luck is shining your way!!!!!!!
To sum up really quick, because I've waffled enough.... A month after signing to my agent, 3 publishing houses started a little war between themselves for my book (The Real Lady Detective Agency, just so you can see I'm not lying!!!!). I chose Harper Collins. It was published not so long ago and it became a best seller in the first week.
Forget the people who say this book is outdated, it works - I literally am living proof. I now get asked all the time, 'how do I get published'... I tell these people the same thing the journalist told me. Go and read 'From Pitch to Publication'....Without it, I would never have become a best selling author.... Ms Blake, I thank you!