There are always a few questions on here about this process, so I thought I would just answer a few on the most common ones.
You can submit if you have previously self-published, but most publishers and agents will want to see a brand new ms too.
You need to research (Google) for your genre, and read the submission guidelines.
Be business-like, and positive, not 'Hey, I have this book but it might not be good enough...' Believe in yourself (or blag it like me).
Equally use comparisons, imagine where your book would sit on a shelf in a bookstore, but don't claim to have the next best thing - publishers and agents like to judge that for themselves.
All of the above is hard work, and if you want an agent/publisher you will have to go through the process.
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Great tips, D.E. White! I really like "Be business-like, and positive, not 'Hey, I have this book but it might not be good enough...' Believe in yourself (or blag it like me)." That's like what I used to do when I sent query letters to producers, directors, etc. for my scripts. Sometimes I wrote things like "This might not be a fit for you," but I stopped doing that. I'm sure I got some passes because of it.
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Great knowledge, D.E. White! Thanks for sharing!
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Maurice Vaughan so hard isn't it? I used to feel like crawling under a rock and hiding after the rejections, but now I try not to take it personally. Places like Stage 32 are great because we are all going through the same thing ;-)
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I'm like you, D.E. White. I used to wanna crawl under a rock and hide after rejection, but I try not to take rejection personal now. I've gotten better at bouncing back up and submitting my projects other places. :D
Yeah, it's nice to be in a community where we can get support, encouragement, and motivation after rejections. Stage 32 is a great pick-me-up. :)