Why can't I find a particular publisher or literary agent?
Our goal is to include all active, reputable contributors to the industry. If you believe a certain organization is not represented, we want to know about it. Please be sure to contact us by clicking Feedback and responding with your comments and suggestions.
It should also be noted that prospective authors seeking a publisher need to be aware that there are publishers who, as a condition for publishing and marketing an individual's work, may require a sum of money be paid to the publisher. This practice is known as "author subsidized publishing" but may also be referred to as author investment, cooperative publishing, or similar terms. While the majority of publishers do not subscribe to this practice, authors are advised to make a careful investigation to determine the standing of the publisher's imprint in the industry before entering an agreement involving such a payment. LMP has attempted to exclude those publishers it has determined produce a significant number of titles only when an author pays, contributes, or invests a sum of money with the publisher. Such exclusion should not be construed as a judgment on the legitimacy or integrity of any particular publisher.
Authors seeking literary representation are advised that some agents request a nominal reading fee that may be applied to the agent's commission upon representation. Other agencies may charge substantially higher fees which may not be applicable to a future commission and which are not refundable. The recommended course is to first send a query letter with an outline, a sample chapter, and a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). Should an agent express interest in handling the manuscript, full details of fees and commissions should be obtained in writing before the complete manuscript is sent. Should an agency require significant advance payment from an author, the author is cautioned to make a careful investigation to determine the agency's standing in the industry before entering an agreement. The author should always retain a copy of the manuscript in his or her possession.
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How can an organization be listed with literarymarketplace.com?
Many new listings in literarymarketplace.com are self-nominations. To see if your organization is eligible for a free listing (or to recommend an organization for a listing), click on the Feedback button and provide us with some basic information necessary to create a listing. We'll be in touch with the organization to gather any additional data needed for a fully detailed entry.
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How can I update information in a current entry?
We pride ourselves on being the information experts for the book publishing industry. As such, we deplore mistakes and do everything possible to ensure accuracy. If, despite our best practices, you spot an error in any of our entries, we need to know. In each listing is a link that allows you to submit corrections or updates. Simply click and provide the data requested on the form. Once the information has been submitted, our editors will verify the data with the organization to ensure the accuracy of the update.
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