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on 23 April 2013
This book does not hold back, the author tells it as it is. All writers want to be published, and by a reputable publisher. This is often only possible via an agent, and one with a positive and professional reputation. How pleasant it would be for every submission to be received with open arms and gushes of, 'wonderful', 'this will do well', when in truth, the majority of submissions fall short of the required guidelines and is neither wonderful and has no chance of doing anything, let alone well.

It is easy to get pulled along in the moment of excitement - when your book is finally finished (or so you believe) and then it is sent, lovingly wrapped in layers of bubble wrap to protect it on its journey which the writer prays is its last and is followed by a contract in the next post. The book you have nurtured over perhaps years is now on its own, out in the big bad world and knocking on an agent's door - and finds it is not alone. Imagine that agent picking up the manuscripts, by the armful before sitting back to read. A reasonable introduction letter and synopsis is the first chance you get to dip a toe into an agent's world. If the manuscript is presented on clean paper (without whiffs and spills) it is more likely to be read and hopefully, enjoyed.

Some comments about the book suggest it is harsh in places. Maybe so, but it is an honest view. As a writer, I would rather an honest opinion and guidance rather than a load of waffle and no hope. Carole Blake covers wider areas than the submission...the all important contract and legal stuff too.

If you are looking for a book written by someone who has successfully been in the trade for many years, and who knows what is required - then this is such a book. Much of what is written in it would apply to many other agencies too. I found it helpful.
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on 10 March 2018
This is a very informative read, and very engagingly written - you feel much better clued in afterwards. I only wish CB had had the chance to update it, as you know there would have been more fascinating stories in the last few years.
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on 3 September 2015
I found this book incredibly helpful. As a first time author I have been discovering how hard it is to break into the world of book publishing. Although I have spent my entire career in magazine publishing, book publishing is an entirely different ball game and this book has helped me to understand it. It is an indispensable tool that should be sitting on any new author’s shelf.
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on 19 May 2014
I bought this because I've seen Carole Blake at Literary Festivals. It's a gem of a book packed with really good information and advice for aspiring authors.
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on 21 April 2014
An informative book from an experienced literary agent. A must read for all aspiring authors. Packed with inside information from someone who knows the industry inside out.
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on 14 April 2017
Lots and lots of sound advice here.
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on 28 December 2013
Informative, enlightening, a must for all writers. Carol Blake is an expert and this book tells you everything you need to know about the world of the writer.
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on 17 March 2014
There is no magic bullet for getting published but this book will help you to avoid the common pitfalls when making submissions.
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on 10 June 2015
An essential read for anyone hoping to get published.
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on 6 August 2017
Yep very useful
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