Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2012, 22E: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! Paperback – Oct 1 2011
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-A fresh voice to the world of young adult literature.+ -VOYA, starred review
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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 guest speaker, he lives in Stockbridge, MA.
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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.
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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