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Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents, 22E: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! [Paperback]

Jeff Herman
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Oct. 1 2011 Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, & Literary Agents
Jeff Herman Is Every Writer's Best Friend More than 500,000 copies sold! Writers, agents and editors agree that Herman's Guide is in a league of its own. It unravels and clarifies a complicated and intimidating process, and provides innovative strategies and road maps for maximum success. Knowledge will displace mistakes and power will displace fear. The names, personalities, and specialties of thousands of editors and agents, the so-called gatekeepers, are exposed, as are ways to get them to see what you write. Herman's insights are a joy to read. If you want to understand the publishing business, and how to get published for the best terms possible, then this book is created specifically for you. Praise for Jeff Herman's Guide: "I highly recommend Herman's Guide. It was the most helpful book I bought about how to get published." - Nicholas Sparks, New York Times bestsellingauthor "Nothing beats Jeff Herman's Guide." - Jack Canfield, coauthor, Chicken Soup for the Soul series "Jeff Herman's Guide is everything you need to know for getting started." - Cheryl Richardson, New York Times bestselling author "I echo the sentiments of others who state that Herman's Guide is like a Bible for writers." - Sharon Oliver, published author "Jeff Herman has done a service to every writer who wants to make a living in this business. Every author should have a copy on their shelf." - Chip MacGregor, literary agent

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About the Author

Jeff Herman is one of the world's most successful literary agents, having represented such bestselling authors as Ken Fisher, Jack Canfield, and Mark Victor Hansen. He has personally brought hundreds of writers into publication and helped launch thousands of careers. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, he lives in Stockbridge, MA.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Guide for Writers Feb. 20 2013
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The book makes it possible for the novice writer to understand and
try to enter the world of being published.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Resource for Authors Feb. 22 2012
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This book is a gold mine of information for authors looking to get published. The articles are extremely informative and the detailed listing of literary agents and publishers is hard to match. A must buy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Big but not very usable Dec 9 2011
By Ali Vossughy - Published on Amazon.com
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The book has plenty names of Publishers and agents, however the agents are not listed by genre and since you need to find an agent prior to being published, it makes the search difficult.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Herman's Guide is an Amazing Help for Anyone Looking to Publish Nov. 14 2011
By PGAdair - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is actually really amazing and helpful. There are detailed sections on what each publishing company wants and will publish, what editors are like and how to work with them, specific agents at different agencies and what they are interested in agenting, and even information for the first timers that are just getting into the idea of getting their work published. This is good for some one who has zero knowledge of how on earth to begin to publish a book. For those who have published, but need a new agent, this book is for you too. The literary agent section is enormous, and gives you good insight to each of the agents interviewed for this book.

I'm still going through and highlighting certain agents that I would be interested in contacting (because the agent the type of books I write). There are a few in there that are just plain scary sounding, but others that just seem open and very friendly. Overall, I really love this book. It's given me not only ground to stand on so I can get my barrings in the publishing business, it's supplied me with the tools and the know how to get started on building a career there.

Very highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE for the Newby Writer Looking for an Agent Oct. 22 2012
By Lylyanna - Published on Amazon.com
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After spending a lot of money on other online-recommended Agent search books, a very kind agent told me to get Jeff Herman's Guide even after she rejected my query letter. Best thing she could have done. The information in the Guide saves a lot of time and effort so you don't waste your time querying agents who aren't a good fit for your work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable for Writers without agents Feb. 6 2012
By J. W. Bludis - Published on Amazon.com
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Any unagented writer who does not have a recent copy of "Jeff Herman's Guide" is well behing the curve. I get a new one every two or three years. Editors change, Agent's change, addresses and tastes change. Jeff Herman keeps us up to date. [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars A helpful and interesting guide. Jan. 6 2012
By James Minard - Published on Amazon.com
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Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents is just what the name says it is. It's also interesting to read.

I sympathize with the fellow who wanted people divided into genres. However, reading the Guide will show one reason that would be very difficult. A single agency, agent or editor may have at least half a dozen interests, in addition to those suggested by the books they've been involved with or other information.

I suppose some sort of searchable database might accomplish the goal. Some books contain a CD, but those add to the cost. One book gives a web address, advertising that saves the reader the cost of the CD.

However, as I worked on my book I found it interesting just to read the Guide. It shows what interests are out there. That should have some influence on any person who wants to write something that will attract an agent or editor.

I find Herman's Guide fascinating reading and very useful. Of course, editors and agents change, so one should supplement the Guide by looking at web sites. I recently found one agent was no longer associated with an agency. He appeared to have set off on his own. There's nothing wrong with that, but when I finally contacted the fellow, he showed signs of paranoia.

(I know that's true because when I described the interaction to my wife as factually as I could she said, "Forget him!" OK, that's not a true clinical diagnosis, but it was my feeling too. He'd offered a workshop with an attractive title so I wondered in an e-mail if it was coming up or he had already given it. He saw my e-mailed question as a "scolding.")

It's good to see agents and editors at writers' meetings. I met the Hermans at one and found them healthy and delightful.

Of course, publishers' editors move on. Sending a submission to one who has is like tossing it into a black hole. A call to the publisher is sometimes wise before sending off your life's work.

I believe the Jeff Herman Guide is a wise investment early in the book writing process. I'm glad I did. When I'm closer to publication, I will probably buy the latest edition as a guide, not just in deciding where to submit, but also in that very important final polishing.
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