Manuscript completed!

We are happy to report that final manuscript is completed, and we have begun searching for an agent, but we need your help. The final product is about 75,000 words. Unfortunately, getting the book written is only the first step in what could be a long process of getting the book published. The first step is to find a literary agent who can represent us and negotiate a book deal. Although book deals can be made directly with publishers, an agent already has the contacts, understands the market and the legal complexities, and can negotiate the best deal on behalf of an author.

Getting an agent interested isn’t easy. J.K. Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, was rejected 60 times before she found an agent. To get an agent, we are submitting queries, which contain a summary of the book and why we are qualified to write it. Writing the query letter was a challenge and we went through many drafts to get it right. If the agent is interested, they will likely ask for a book proposal. A book proposal is another, longer letter with details about the book, the author, chapter summaries, the potential market, and a writing sample.

If and when we land an agent, the path to publication may take a year or two. If we feel that we can’t get an agent, a real possibility with a book this specialized, we will self-publish. Self-publishing is a last resort because it makes distribution much more difficult.

One thing that will help is visits to our website and Facebook page. Agents want to see book websites with significant viewing numbers. Please tell your friends about our website and encourage them to visit it and like our Facebook page.

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