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Editors/Agents looking for historical fiction

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Editors/Agents looking for historical fiction

Post by michellemoran » Sun September 21st, 2008, 6:59 pm

I've never been really certain how many people on this forum write historical fiction with the intent to publish someday. But just in case there are writers on here close to submitting:
  • Heather Proulx at Crown is actively looking for wonderful historical fiction (she recently became my editor and just purchased three books from debut authors!)
  • Dan Lazar, an amazing go-getting agent (not mine) is also one to consider when looking to place your historical fiction. He's with Writers House.
I never thought to post this information before, but if there are writers on this forum for whom this is useful, I'll continue to update once in a while if I come across agents/editors actively seeking his fic.

Good luck!
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Post by Divia » Sun September 21st, 2008, 7:43 pm

I'm interested. But here's a question. My first draft is done and nowhere near finished. I still need to rewrite it and have someone edit it. How far in the process should you be before you look for agents?
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Post by michellemoran » Sun September 21st, 2008, 7:52 pm

Hi Divia,

Have it absolutely polished, and be careful who you have edit the book. Agents will only look at a manuscript once (unless they request revisions, which is rare), so if they say no, it's a no until you write your next book. Wait until you feel the book simply can't get any better.

Two blogs I absolutely can't recommend highly enough is Nathan Bransford's and Book Ends. When you're ready to write your agent query letter, I would look at every one of their posts on querying. Miss Snark was also an invaluable resource for new writers. Although I didn't find her until after I was published, I still read her blog daily until she quit. Her posts are still up there, however, and have a wealth of info about querying.
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Post by Divia » Sun September 21st, 2008, 8:35 pm

Rockin.

Thanks so much for the information :) guess I better get moving!
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Post by Margaret » Mon September 22nd, 2008, 12:40 am

Thanks for all this good advice, Michelle! I especially appreciated the Bransford post about impatience, one of my besetting sins.
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Post by michellemoran » Mon September 22nd, 2008, 1:02 am

Ha-ha! Yes. My first historical fiction novel (not Nefertiti) never saw publication because of my own impatience. An editor wanted me to revise, and I did such a rushed - from breathless excitement - job of it, that she ultimately passed. Hard lesson. But a good one.
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Post by Mara » Mon September 22nd, 2008, 9:58 am

Thanks alot for posting, Michelle. Very good to know.

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Post by Alaric » Mon September 22nd, 2008, 10:13 am

Thanks for the advice, Michelle. Hopefully I get to use it some day!

I've got two different novels - both set in the Napoleonic wars - in planning, another idea on the shelf. It'll probably be awhile until I ever get to write them though, as I'm writing my thesis next year and (hopefully) my doctorate after that. Maybe one day. :)

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Post by donroc » Mon September 22nd, 2008, 10:55 am

Thank you, Michele.
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Post by michellemoran » Mon September 22nd, 2008, 3:59 pm

Oh, I love anything set in the Napoleonic wars! Hurry up and get that thesis done ;)
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