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ResearchGuy
04-03-2005, 08:52 AM
Hi ...

Situation: An aspiring author, has written a collection of short fiction. It is a clean, sound, approx. 59,000-word manuscript. He would like to have an agent or publisher look at it. How should he go about finding an agent? Or would he do better to make the rounds of all appropriate publishers that accept unagented submissions (as best can be determined from Writer's Market and any similar sources)?

Comments? Thanks.

--Ken

sgtsdaughter
04-03-2005, 09:25 AM
Ken,

My best advice is research the agents . . . find ones that market short fiction and collections (even though they tend to be harder to find). It's gruelling, but in the end the hardest work pays off. :box:

ResearchGuy
04-03-2005, 09:05 PM
Ken,

My best advice is research the agents . . . find ones that market short fiction and collections (even though they tend to be harder to find). It's gruelling, but in the end the hardest work pays off. :box:
Thanks. I found some ideas at http://www.sfwa.org/writing/agents.htm. I will point my friend (the author) to that.

-Ken

victoriastrauss
04-04-2005, 02:52 AM
Situation: An aspiring author, has written a collection of short fiction. It is a clean, sound, approx. 59,000-word manuscript. He would like to have an agent or publisher look at it.Unless he already has a track record of publication, it's not very likely that a reputable agent or publisher will be interested in a collection. People who sell collections usually have sold fairly extensively in professional markets beforehand.

This author should try to build a track record by selling individual stories, before trying to market a collection.

- Victoria

ResearchGuy
04-04-2005, 03:21 AM
Unless he already has a track record of publication, it's not very likely that a reputable agent or publisher will be interested in a collection. People who sell collections usually have sold fairly extensively in professional markets beforehand.

This author should try to build a track record by selling individual stories, before trying to market a collection.

- Victoria
Thanks. I will bring that to his attention. For that matter, I will encourage him to join in here.

--Ken

Daughter of Faulkner
04-04-2005, 04:27 AM
It is important to have as many of your short stories published in fine literary or mainstream magazines / journals, and the like.


I have been advised that unless this is the case and you have developed a following, most publishers aren't interested in short stories.


What I did, though, was to take 11 of mine and weave them into a novel. It worked, took a lot of time, but by the grace of God, I just finished the last sentence today.
:Clap:


OR you can take one short story and created a novel around it if you find yourself prolific! I began with my first published short story and that is now the ending of my novel.
:idea:
Go figure, huh? What I composed first was the beginning of the end.


Best wishes to you.

Renee
04-11-2005, 05:00 AM
Great thread. I was about to ask the same questions, so thanks!