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Hi everybody! Intro - and a question

Discussion in 'Café Life' started by Elizabeth, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Fledgling - be nice to me!

    Hi everybody! My name is Liz. I just finished up my manuscript for a self-help/motivation book that I am writing. I've done self-publishing in the past but it's my goal to get my books out into the mainstream.

    I told a friend of mine I finished my manuscript, and she told me she has some contacts at some pretty popular publishing houses. She sent the names over to me of some publicity directors at these publishing companies, that specialize in the exact genre I am writing for. I am so grateful for this! One of the companies, for example, does not require agented submissions. My question: Should I still submit my manuscript electronically at the email given on their website, and just mention the person's name? Or, should I send my manuscript directly to the publicity director that my friend knows, and mention my friend, and have them forward it to the submissions team? What should I say in the email? Thank you!!!!
  2. Katie-Ellen Hazeldine

    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine Venerated Member Founding Member

    Hello :) Have you looked up their individual submission policies? @AgentPete, @Brian Clegg and others here may be far better qualified to help, but I'd have thought, put your query together as per non-fiction books, - lots of guidelines out there on how to do that. You could simply use their stated procedure but address your query to that particular individual, not omitting to mention your friend in your covering email/letter.

    The publisher's guidelines will probably indicate what they expect to see in your covering email.

    What is the book about?
  3. AgentPete

    AgentPete Capo Famiglia Staff Member

    Hello Elizabeth, welcome!
  4. Richard Turner

    Richard Turner Well-Known Member

    Welcome to an enthusiastic young woman from a grumpy old man! There's all sorts here.
  5. Boopadoo

    Boopadoo Respected Member

    Hello and welcome from a fellow denizen of New York State.
  6. Bluma Bezbroda

    Bluma Bezbroda Respected Member

  7. AgentPete

    AgentPete Capo Famiglia Staff Member

    He's not that grumpy. Not always :)
  8. Island Writer

    Island Writer Well-Known Member

    Hi Liz - welcome aboard. Congrats on completing your self-help book.
  9. Carol Rose

    Carol Rose Venerated Member Founding Member

    Welcome!! :)
  10. Robinne Weiss

    Robinne Weiss Venerated Member

    Welcome! Congratulations on finishing your book!
  11. Lex Black

    Lex Black Respected Member

    Welcome to the Colony!
  12. Peggy Lou

    Peggy Lou Well-Known Member

    Welcome and congratulations. Good luck too.
  13. Paul Whybrow

    Paul Whybrow Venerated Member

    Welcome to the Colony.
  14. Lawal

    Lawal Member

    Your name is Nobel, excellently eloquent Elizabeth. Welcome there, it's awesome here. :)
  15. Brian Clegg

    Brian Clegg Respected Member

    Hi Liz and welcome. I've had quite a few non-fiction books published, both unagented and agented. Personally, I wouldn't try to submit via a publicity director unless you know them personally too (in which case I'd ask them first, rather try to submit through them). As mentioned above there's plenty available giving guidance on submitting non-fiction.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2017 at 5:42 PM
  16. Patricia D

    Patricia D Respected Member

    Hello Liz, welcome.
  17. Katie-Ellen Hazeldine

    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine Venerated Member Founding Member

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