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Hi...

I don't know if you can help me, but I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my question!

I am about 3/4 through writing my first book, and as I am nearing the end, I'm starting to worry about what steps I should take when it is finished! I have read many things online, and it is to my understanding that a literary agent would be the best way to put my book forward! Is this what you would recommend?? I am also a little worried about any costs that would be involved in this!? I would love to have a book published, but I'm really starting to get scared about how to do that! Any help or advice you could give me on this subject would be a great help.

Thank you again for taking the time to read this...

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Hi, Tuesday!

First, you'll be happy to know that a literary agent shouldn't cost you a single pound! A literary agent makes their money by selling your book to a publisher and taking a percentage of royalties AFTER the publisher pays (usually 10-15% of the gross amount). If you're looking for a UK agent, the best place to start is The Association of Authors Agents (UK). This is a group that has as members ONLY those agents who are legitimate. They have demonstrated they can sell books and adhere to a standard of ethics in dealing with clients and publishers. Here's a link:  http://www.agentsassoc.co.uk/index.php/ You can look at the directory of agents at the top to find names in your genre/category of writing. Especially look at the Code of Conduct to know what an agent should NOT do and the Frequently Asked Questions page

Next, here are two books that will help you narrow down the list of agents even further. The "Writers and Artists Year Book" and "The Writers Handbook" should be able to be purchased at any bookstore, or can probably be checked out of your local library. Also check out the Society of Writers, UK (http://writers.org/society ) or the Writers Guild (http://writers.org/guild ) to find out more about the publication process in England and the US.

Hope that helps a little! Good luck with your book and feel free to ask any other questions you might have as you go forward. :)

Cathy

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I'm happy to answer questions about any aspect of writing novels, from the beginning kernel of an idea through completion. I can help with writing a query letter and synopsis to an agent or editor. I can explain publishing terminology and acronyms. I can also assist with questions about verifying the credentials of agents/publishers and how to proceed once you've been accepted for publication. I can teach the rules of formatting a manuscript, creating viable plots, characterization and flow in the following genres: romance, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, suspense, horror, women's fiction, mainstream and mystery.

Experience

I'm a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Tor/Forge Books. Along with a co-author, I've published fifteen novels (combination of mass market and trade softcover) since 2003, and have contracts for four more books through 2011.

Organizations
Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Western Outdoor Writers, Horror Writers of America.

Publications
Tor/Forge Books, Western Reflections Publishing, BenBella Books, Running Press, Wild Child Publishing. Many others.

Education/Credentials
My educational background is limited to real life experience of publishing novels commercially for the past five years.

Awards and Honors
USA Today bestseller, Waldenbooks Mass Market Paperback Top 20 bestseller, Nielsen BookScan Top 20 bestseller, RT BOOKreviews Career Achievement Award winner, 2009, Book Buyers Best Award for Paranormal, Romantic Times Best Werewolf Novel, Write Touch Readers Award, EVVY Best Historical Chronicle Award, The Lories Best Paranormal. Many others.

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