First off, in this quest to publish that elusive first novel, there is something that every aspiring author should know: an agent is a very good person to have in your corner. The purpose of an agent is to find you the best deal and help you to understand your contract when you get it. Because an agent makes a percentage of what you make, it is in their best interest to help you to succeed. Although, a word of caution: if an agent asks for any fee or cash upfront they are most likely a fraud.I was looking for more information and found it here. There are a couple of ways that you can go about finding an agent that is right for you: using an online agent search engine or going to a literary agency website.
So you have made a list of possible agents, now what? You write them a query letter! This is a short letter that is usually composed of hook, a short synopsis of your book, and a little blip about yourself.
As for those of you who insist on flying solo you can try to find an editor, publishing house, or both that fit you. It is time to whip out your detective skills and do some digging. Look at authors who have a style similar to yours, their publishing houses, and their editors. Do enough digging and you might find some promising prospects.
For those who want to be a part of the dumb luck category: get out there! Let people know that you are writing a book. Take samples of your work to writing conferences where you can brush shoulders with publishers and agents alike. You might just “bump” into success.
With a little luck and a lot of determination you just might get your golden ticket into the publishing world!