Your profile is your shop window and, like a shop window, it’s what you put on display there that gets you noticed. It’s the detail and quality in your profile, and the supporting information you provide, that makes the difference. Get your writers profile right and you put yourself in the best possible place to get your work noticed.
We have numerous publishers and literary agents looking for writers and authors covering a huge breadth of subjects across fiction and non-fiction. Everything from education, self-help and how-to-books right through to fiction for children and adults and everyone in between!
It’s in the categorization that all the magic happens! Through identifying the category of your work (fiction or non-fiction), your target audience and the genre of your writing, you enable potential publishing matches to be made! Our system constantly scans your profile and associated information against publishers and/or literary agents specified criteria, looking for that ‘right’ match!
We have had in-depth talks with publishers and literary agents around the world, and almost all of them have said that the ability to search a database of authors/writers was the primary reason for joining MyManuscripts. The My Manuscripts system has a powerful, inbuilt search function that allows publishers and literary agents to filter by just about any criteria. This means there is yet another way that your work can be discovered!
We have a fantastic relationship with our select group of publishers and literary agents, all of whom are genuinely and actively looking for works to publish. Inclusive, bold and open to new ideas, our globally based publishers are always looking for different writers from across the world to share their work with them, be it fiction or non-fiction.
Screening is the process that ensures your submission documents (introduction, synopsis/overview and sample chapters/outline) have been professionally reviewed. Publishers and literary agents unanimously agree that properly structured and presented submissions greatly improve a writer’s chances of getting published. With this in mind, MyManuscripts has in place a process that assists you in finding an editor and, once a review and update of your work is complete, you are in the best shape to connect with publishers and literary agents
The typical 'thanks but no thanks' response to submissions can be particularly frustrating. A lack of constructive feedback on why your work was not accepted does little to help you improve as a writer. As well as informing you when you have a match, the powerful MyManuscripts match tracking system will tell you who is reading your work, which parts of your submission were read, and/or, at what point they stopped reading. Further, publishers and literary agents are given the opportunity to provide information on where you might be going wrong and how you can improve.
Your profile is made up of four key areas. Firstly, there is your personal bio and associated information. Secondly, there is your publishing history – have you published or self-published anything before?
Next is your 'other' writing history – have you won any writing competitions or had an article published in a newspaper or magazine? Lastly, there is your actual submission or submissions - what have you written, who is it targeted at etc.
There are three key individual documents that make up your submission documents. If you have a manuscript these are your introduction letter, your synopsis and your first three sample chapters. If you are putting forward an idea, these documents are your introduction letter, your overview and your outline chapters.
We cater for this as well. Simply choose the ‘idea’ option in the Submissions section. You will need to provide an introduction letter, an overview of the book and outline chapters.
Miscategorisation is a common problem faced by publishers and literary agents. It occurs when an author sends a submission to a publisher or literary agent for work that they are not looking for. A simple example is a publisher looking for fiction work targeted at children who is sent a non-fiction book for adults on how to build a bicycle.
We know from many conversations that we have had with publishers and literary agents that the single biggest problem they have is the volume of submissions sent to them every week. Now consider how frustrating and time consuming it is when a proportion of those are miscategorised. Often it takes a while before this becomes obvious and they still need to respond. This is time that could be better spent determining if a properly categorised piece of work is worth publishing.