How to Get a Book Published
      In 10 not-so-easy steps

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7. Do some more market research

Now that your manuscript is finished, where should you send it? Probably nowhere — first do a query.

Okay, where do you send the query? If you've done your market research you have identified some publishers who might be interested in the kind of book you've published. Doublecheck your conclusions in a bookstore. See which agents and editors the authors of similar or competing books thank in their acknowledgments.

Then go to the reference desk of your library and consult the LMP (Literary Marketplace). Forget all the hokey Writer's Market-type publications. The LMP will give you the names, addresses, and phone numbers you want.

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Navigation — the 10-step plan:

1. Read
2. Examine your values
3. Learn about publishing
4. Research
5. Write
6. Rewrite
7. More research
8. Query
9. Submit
10. Persevere

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