Monday, May 10, 2010

Do I Need An Agent To Be Published?

While many publishing houses choose to accept only solicited manuscripts, Bokheim Publishing is open to all submissions. Although agents are sometimes needed for very large publishing houses to sort through the slush pile, we like to give every manuscript our personal attention and consideration. While agents do carefully review queries and take them into consideration we feel that an actual portion of the writing needs to be seen to be able to properly judge a novel.

Many novels that get lost in the slush pile do not belong there. While some novels rejected might not have been something that could do well, others are actually well written and thought provoking. A person may have his or her first, or even their first few novels, turned down before notice or attention is given. This can be due to how a query letter is written or merely luck. What catches the eye of one may not catch the eye of others. Unfortunately, this is how the market for submissions operates.

We feel the hard work of agents is valuable and seeking an agent is advisable, especially if you intend to publish more than one book and want to receive the best deal possible. However, we will continue to keep an open door policy with our submissions for as long as we can. Remember, you can make it as long as you keep your heart and faith in your work and continue developing your skills.

Best of luck!

The Bokheim Chu


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