I have a question on publishing and i do not know if it's been asked many times over...
If I have a planned series (possibly spanning a couple books with 'generations' as well) but only typed up the first book and half of the second, would it be great to get the first book published BEFORE I finish the next books in the series or after i finished the second book and looked over it time and time again with a scheduled release. I ask this because one day I may plan to submit my series as a book or may go the extra mile and straight to video format.
Books like Lord of the Rings, Eragon, Harry Potter and so on are series of books and I never really got into the mindset of how they got about the first book to publish with many more on the way or already done. Do they just say they have more books plan ahead of time or i will write more after first is published and popular enough?
AFAIK, agents look for the proverbial best of both worlds --- a book that could potentially work as either a "standalone", or the first of a series. And why wouldn't they . . . that maximizes overall sales potential
The things that agents and publishers say don't always seem to make sense, but a lot of that is because any discussion of storylines they haven't even glanced at yet must necessarily deal in abstract concepts.
Unfortunately for authors, the market for fiction has a problem: overall, the demand for fiction is much smaller than the supply of fiction. Heck, the demand is even smaller than the supply of "excellent" fiction.
The demand isn't getting lower because of price --- the price is falling. The demand is getting lower because the people who enjoy fiction often don't have enough TIME to find (let alone READ) all the fiction that's out there. Even if you were guaranteed to love 100% of the books you read, you'll probably never get to all the books you'd enjoy that are available in your lifetime.
So it's tough. Most people in the industry are just doing the best they can, their way.
Vglory already basically answered the main part of your question, but I'll clarify a little bit more. You want to only query your first book and try to get a deal for that one first (and mention that it has series potential in your query letter if you'd like). Most times, series are created based on the demand of the book and how well it sells. If your first book bombs and doesn't sell well enough, chances are, your agent and publisher aren't going to invest all that time and money into other books for a series. It's always best to focus on your first book and query that one, with mention that it has series potential. Then, go from there
I won't make negative criticism of publishers, as I understand they are out to make a business and they generally make an honest business of it, however not all publishers (or film studios for that matter) are known for being entirely open to certain ideas.
George Lucas comes to mind... But I suppose his example is rather complicated.
I simply wonder if every author, no matter of their moral ideals or expression, can be published because of the implied moral stigma of the industry. But as I said, "implied". So would you consider that most publishers suffer from a moral stigma that could lead to some authors being given the cold shoulder?
Oh, by no means do I want to bring negative image on all publishers. I just hear so much about stigma, and it really is a psychological issue in human period to evolve in a society of stigmas. But yes, respect for one's "investors" is indeed something that doesn't surprise me. I wouldn't publish with someone I don't respect.
I was... not referring to a contract... I was referring to publishers just refusing to even give your work a second glance on the basis that they feel it is estrange or ideologically sensitive. I am simply wondering if that happens often.
i.e. the author did not so their homework and sent that publisher a kind of manuscript that they are not interested in. There are literally thousands of presses that love to publish transgressive and taboo stuff so long as it is not illegal (and more than a few that publish stuff that technically is illegal). It is just that most of them are not known for producing bestsellers.
I actually wish to ask about something related to a post I recently answered for someone in this same thread.
I was unsure about one thing in the publishing process (or more specifically the criteria of) that pertains to an important social aspect of my province, and that is bilingualism. What exactly passes for a work of creative fiction to be "acceptable" if the dialogue is alternating frequently between two languages.
I ask this because the setting of my science fiction novel is that same province, and I take authenticity in science fiction very seriously, as well I want to project the image of my homeland accurately and properly.
Would publishers be open to that idea? I am not asking about the concept of creative license. I know I can do whatever I want with my work. I am asking if most publishers would publish something like that in the US.
It's translated for the primary language group, only in a unique format. I understand its riskee, however I've been told it's not uncommon. Thank you for answering, I appreciate getting a second opinion.
I've been reading stuff about querying agents and submitting to publisher and whatnot when it occurred to me that most of the stuff I'm reading about come from American sources. I live in Canada. Canadian advice on querying and publishing talk about essentially the same process and stuff, but they make references to mostly Canadian agencies and publishers. My question is this: what are the limitations, if any, in querying agents/soliciting with publishers across the border? Further, are there any known benefits or detriments to publishing nationally or internationally, especially (if such answers are obtainable) in a Canadian-American situation? (Or do you know of other legal bits and bobs that I should be keeping an eye out with regard to this stuff?)
PS: Happy belated one-year birthday to this tread.
You probably want to be looking at a US agent. Most of the Canadian authors I know are published by US houses or Candian small presses. Most of the big houses are in the US and a US agent will have access to them.
Sure thing! I'm sure there are wonderful Canadian agents, and I guess it depends on the path you're looking for. If you're writing books that you think are going to do better ONLY with a Canadian audience (for example, a picture book about hockey is going to do way better in Canada than in most of the US, or if you're writing books that primarily take place in Canada), you might want to try pitching to Canadian small presses on your own. But if you think your books have more of a universal appeal, definitely approach US agents. Agents aren't concerned with where the author is from. They're concerned with the quality of the work and whether it will sell.
Well, as far as I know, most Canadian agents and publishers are in Montréal, my home city. Do you live in Montréal? Also if you're bilingual, I'd be very careful about using English AND French in the same book. I am not sure whether American publishers are open to that idea or not (of course, creative license is creative license, but that doesn't mean they have to publish you if they don't like the work.) but I think some Montréal publishers might be more open to the idea.
I'm doing that because my book involves setting in Quèbec. So in order to be accurate, the dialogue must be done in English and sometimes in French. I've worked out a way to use the narrative to translate without being tedious, whilst also protecting this authenticity. There is a lot of alternation between the two, simply because I am bilingual Quèbecer and that is how we are. We switch between English and French in conversation as if it is the same language. True bilingualism works that way from childhood, ideally. It's how you teach children to speak perfectly in multiple languages. Given the nature of this book as a science fiction, my attention to authenticity and detail is extreme serious to me.
Anyway, I would keep vGlory's advice in mind, America is a large market.
My boyfriend is thinking about publishing his first novel in a 5 book series but just can't seem to fins ways of contacting them and is also scared that he will be ignored as he is only 16 [as am I]. I saw your thread and thought I may as well ask about it on his behalf.
He can write what he chooses to write. If he will only write forms he will not submit, then he will not achieve publication until something changes. If he submits and rejection traumtises him so that he will not submit again, likewise. Writing something short is a way out of that bind.