Latest addition : A site listing publishers/editors interested in first novels :
A few of the most interesting options I have been able to find online, with any luck the following can be updated from feedback and new links added :
http://www.writersservices.com/agent/uk09/index.htm is a UK literary agent listing, informative, several having websites or at least emails
http://www.querytracker.net/ : a database of publishers and agents.
http://nathanbransford.com/ : a lot of useful information and common sense about writing, agents and publishers presented in a clear and straightforward manner. Well worth a read.
Update : excellent list of agencies from Steve Jensen’s site :
(This is a directory of publishers, sorted by genre, handy and time-saving.)
Update : again, another great list of publishers’ websites from Steve Jensen : http://spauljensen.wordpress.com/publishers/
Thanks for sharing this, Steve !
http://www.smashwords.com/about/how_to_publish_on_smashwords : it seems inclusion in their Premium Catalogue (the Barnes and Noble/Amazon lists) is also free . . .The latest news is that they have signed up a deal to supply EBooks to Amazon Kindle Store.
BeWrite Books are now in collaboration with Smashwords; it’s a small company, and they are very clear on their site– they are open about not being big-time, they warn the author not to expect to make huge amounts of cash etc. It’s a small team, based between Canada and Scotland.
Quote from their page:
‘BeWrite Books titles are available in ebook and paperback at www.bewrite.net, all major internet bookstores, and on order from your local high street book shop. For a full range of ebook formats go to www.smashwords.com and key ‘BeWrite Books’ into the publisher search in the left margin of the home page.’
http://www.webook.com/ has been updated to include an Agentbox.
(quote from the Webook FAQ): ‘Registration is fast, easy, and free. Already a WEbook member? Just sign in.
Create a quick author profile.
Enter your book’s vital stats, including the title, genre, query letter, and part or all of your manuscript. You can save your info and return at any time.
Search AgentInbox’s impressive roster of quality agents [link to agent list] to find the perfect match for your book, whether it’s a novel or a cookbook.
Only the agents you choose will see your work.
Interested agents will contact you directly.’ Still waiting to hearabout other people’s experiences with this one . . .
Book Oven – similar to New GenerationPublishing, started in America but indicates a wide web network. Their quote :
‘Book Oven helps teams of people turn manuscripts into finished books, and then publish them. It is built for writers, editors, proofreaders, designers and small presses.’
Plus they have set up a voluntary proof-reading system.
http://www.newgenerationpublishing.info/home/faq.html : based in the UK, the link takes you straight to the FAQ page – basically, there is a Distribution Service via the printer, Lightning Source , at a cost of £54.99. Then there is an annual renewal ‘availability’ fee of £25.00. As some would say, go figure.
http://www.lightningsource.com/links.aspx#AuthorServicesLinks : this page shows the publishers/’author services’ at present using Lightning Sources P.O.D. system. The site also has an interesting walk-through of the whole process.
http://carinapress.com/submission-guidelines/ : A subsidiary of Harlequin Press, it will be publishing its first books in June 2010, and is open to submissions. Categories include (on top of the romantic section) : science fiction, fantasy, futuristic, mystery, thrillers, horror, and niches
http://bridgehousepublishing.co.uk/aboutus.aspx : a publisher of anthologies, they seem to update their submissions page regularly, competitions for novels (winner is published with full marketing programme) and short stories.
I almost didn’t include this link, because I could find so little reference online to what is happening to it, and also because it seems the ‘Authonomy way’ has reared its head even there -(http://www.slushpilereader.com/index.php?option=com_kunena&Itemid=8&func=view&catid=10&id=755&limit=10&limitstart=500#1611)
However, the site/its blog seems active.
http://www.unibook.com/ Apparently all free upload and POD service : it’s just hard to find any reviews of the service : have so far found one, by someone who has actually used it :
and then I found this site which usefully compares several of the most often mentioned/publicised online/POD publishers (including Createspace and Lulu)
http://www.masternewmedia.org/self-publish-your-book-guide-to-the-best-self-publishing-services/ : Unibook does not offer Amazon distribution, whereas Webook does. Some people going the self-publishing route say they want to avoid the Amazon route. I have not yet fully understood their reasons why.
Finally, some very useful advice/information from a literary agent :