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This week's assignment for submissionguide was to find 10 markets for one of our works. Although it's still in the early editing stages, I decided to look for 10 markets for my novel.

I found these in Writer's Digest Guide Presents: Writing & Selling your First Book, which came out in November 2003. For details about these places, see the magazine. All of these publish first-time authors, often unagented, and most accept simultaneous submissions.

In general, I looked through the list for places that were looking for mainstream/contemporary fiction. Although I have romance and mystery themes, I would have to rework my novel to sell to those markets.

1. Barbour Publishing

2. Thorndike Press - May have to make the romance theme more important. Check what they mean by "women's fiction".

3. Down East Books

4. The Invisible College Press

5. Oak Tree Press

6. Autonomedia

7. Union Square Publishing

8. Stillwater Publishing Company

9. Third World Press?

10. Bethany House Publishers - If still following "new" interest in contemporary fiction.


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Jul. 26th, 2004 03:41 am (UTC)
Many of these publishers look a bit... esoteric?
Jul. 26th, 2004 11:38 am (UTC)
Yes, these are all small presses, and not the big names. But everyone is trying to get published by the big names, so it is very hard for an unpublished author to get noticed... and many won't even look at unagented works. I have also heard that it is easier to get an agent if one is either published or has an offer.
Jul. 26th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)
Are you still looking for a good definition of women's fiction?

My suggestion is to go to Target and look on the shelves there at the trade paperbacks -- most of them have bright covers and are very slickly presented.

Some books to check out:
In Her Shoes
Good in Bed
The Devil Wears Prada
Spanish Disco

In short, women's fiction has elements of romance, but isn't a romance novel. It follows a basic story arc -- woman starts off struggling, has to overcome some major opposition, triumphs in the end. Most of the time (and by that I mean almost all of the time) this includes winding up with a great guy and a good job that satisfies her intellectually, creatively, and financially. They are lightly written -- not in the sense that they don't deal with serious issues but that they often try to treat them humorously. They are a pretty good length -- 80,000 to 120,000 words is a good range.

Does that help?
Jul. 26th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the description. With the exception of humour, that's the basic arc of my novel. And maybe on the next set of revisions I should consider adding more humour to lighten things up and make the main character less anoying at the start.

We don't have "Target" here in Canada, but I'll check out some of those books.
Jul. 27th, 2004 02:45 am (UTC)
I looked up the books you mentioned on Amazon, and they don't seem quite like what I'm writing... although maybe it is those particular stories.

The following book from Oak Tree Press is very much like what I'm writing (except that my main character is younger).
The Glass Rose by Pamela Waller
Jul. 26th, 2004 05:43 pm (UTC)
Well, it's looking like my assignment is still incomplete. I've done more research into these publishing companies and have to eliminate:
#3 Down East Books .... all stories seem to be set on the East Coast.
#6 Autonomedia .... even the fiction seems political.
#9 Third World Press

Also, I'd like to consider alternative to #7 and #8, as Amazon doesn't carry their books.

On the other hand, I've found a book with similar issues and concepts at Oak Tree Press, and that Barbour Press might be a good fit for me.
Jul. 27th, 2004 06:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Updates
"Replacement" publishers for those I'm removing from the list are:
* Avalon Books (from their guidelines, looks like a good fit for me)

* Santa Monica Press

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