First things first
If you aspire to be an author, a great place to start is your local library, where you'll find a wealth of information on writers groups and plenty of books on writing and the publishing process.
Understanding how our industry works will help you appreciate the dynamics of the business and how a book gets from inbox to bookshelf. Being quite deliberate in your approach and thoughtful of your audience and the needs of the market, will certainly help your book get noticed.
Getting an Agent
Our company policy is to not accept unsolicited manuscripts or synopses and we cannot enter into correspondence about unpublished work. So, when you feel your work is ready for publishing, you need to get a literary agent. Agents can objectively advise you on your work and will know the most suitable publisher to take it to, not to mention fighting for the best deal on your behalf. A comprehensive listing of UK literary agents can be found in the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook, published annually by A & C Black.
Deciding to self-publish
Alternatively, you can visit a professional services business such as Author Solutions (a member of the Penguin Group) which provides fee-based assistance to self-publishing writers. Their key services include:
- Marketing and Publicity
- International Print and Digital Distribution