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Could any one recommend an english book publisher? uh yes I am not talking about self publishing. Looking for a publishing house where written materials are accepted and publish them. Any advise will be much appreciated.
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Re: an English Book publisher anyone???

Buy a copy of The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook.

Most book publishers no longer accept unsolicited manuscripts. You will need to find an agent. All in the above book!
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Bergli Books in Basel publishes a lot of English titles.
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Could any one recommend an english book publisher? uh yes I am not talking about self publishing. Looking for a publishing house where written materials are accepted and publish them. Any advise will be much appreciated.
Useful advice above.
Could you give us some idea of what kind of material you're looking to publish? Publishing houses often specialise in particular genres, so you need to target the right place. And larger concerns rarely look at unsolicited submissions unless represented by an agent.
It's also useful to know where you want to publish. In Switzerland? US? UK? The approaches will differ. Happy to help but need a bit more info to go on.
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Useful advice above.
Could you give us some idea of what kind of material you're looking to publish? Publishing houses often specialise in particular genres, so you need to target the right place. And larger concerns rarely look at unsolicited submissions unless represented by an agent.
It's also useful to know where you want to publish. In Switzerland? US? UK? The approaches will differ. Happy to help but need a bit more info to go on.
Hi axewoman,

I'd like to jump in on this thread and ask about children's books (books like Charlotte's Web, etc.) . If someone were to write one, how would one go about getting it published?

Thanks for your advice!
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Hi axewoman,

I'd like to jump in on this thread and ask about children's books (books like Charlotte's Web, etc.) . If someone were to write one, how would one go about getting it published?

Thanks for your advice!
Well, at the risk of sounding a tad repetitive...

Try buying the Children's Writers' and Artists' Yearbook...

In all seriousness, I have a copy (of the main one), and I found it was packed full of useful ideas, which meant that when I submitted a novel to an agent, although it got rejected, I did at least get a letter which indicated that the agent had bothered to read my submission... whereas I think if I'd just gone for it without the book it might not even have got looked at!

The only problem is they update the wretched book every year. I think I may have to shell out for a new version when the current work in progress is finished...
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Re: an English Book publisher anyone???

Many thanks everyone. Very useful hints and leads

Axewoman, I was exploring the possibilities of publishing short stories'.(some stories were published before; prize winners in magazines and newspaper competions ). I would very much like a global readership and it would be useful if it can be published in Ch, UK or US... (I am being shamlessly hopeful)
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Re: an English Book publisher anyone???

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Re: an English Book publisher anyone???

Really and truly, Vlh22's advice is the best. I have copies of both (quite old now - I really need to buy new copies too, once I manage to get my writing goggles back on ). The books are not just lists of publishers, but they contain just about everything (and I mean everything) a potential writer needs to know to get something published. Loads of detailed info and practical advice.
This is one example (I think) where an actual book (which is updated each year), is better than any information you can find on the internet.
Good luck!

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Dzi, Olygirl

The WAYB is an excellent place to start.
http://www.writersandartists.co.uk/
Bags of advice, useful tips and very current info.

Short stories
Do be very wary of the junk mail stuff - it usually involves you shelling out a lot of money and seeing very little return. If you go that route, insist on a contract wherein you retain copyright.
Don't give your work away.
Do look at this site, which should tell you all you need to know about Short Stories and the market.
I'm a contributor to a writer's magazine and each month, I send our 'tame' agent some questions from readers.
Here's his response to a short story question.

I am well aware that it is rare for collections of short stories written by a new or unknown author to get published. There are, however, a few publishers out there who will accept such collections. Do you think it worth my while to try to find an agent who specialises in this field?
Stephanie Smith, Gloucester

I love short stories and, indeed, have myself edited two collections of stories Ė one set in Edinburgh and another by espionage writers - but the book market for short stories is tough and I donít know any agents who specialize in them or, indeed, handle them unless written by an established novelist. Your best bet is to approach the publishers directly but the conventional publishing wisdom is to only publish short story collections when writers are famous or absolutely brilliant. The good news is there are a growing number of short story competitions, more magazines are publishing stories - even by unknowns - and there are now a number of opportunities through e-books to self-publish and even download individual stories. Andrew Lownie


This is a UK agent, so things may look different in the US market. My suggestion would be to look at being a part of an anthology. Pitch your work to the best magazines, enter competitions and look at new technology. PM me if you'd like more detail - I'm in the process of compiling a goody-bag for writers attending our October workshop so would be happy to share relevant tips.

Children's books
An overcrowded market (what isn't?) but also a growth field. Now bookshops see kids' books as a significant segment. If you've got a book for kids which you believe in, follow these steps:
Get feedback - find a writers' group, go to a professional literary consultancy, work with a school (excellent example here) and refine your work until you believe it just couldn't get any better.
Approach an agent. I suggest The Greenhouse Literary Agency
who specialise in children's books on both sides of the Atlantic and are both passionate about their writers and readers. Sarah Davies used to be Judy Blume's editor. There is no greater tribute.
Check out the Children's Writers' and Artists' Yearbook for more agents and target your query letter very precisely to each agent.
Read this - Words with JAM the magazine I write for did a children's edition in June, including an exclusive JK Rowling interview. I write as JJ Marsh.

Always happy to chat further via PM or via Nuance Words.

Jill
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