by Uchiha Sasuke
Hi, I have reached the editing stage for my 95,000 word novel.
This is my first time finishing a novel
I'm only thirteen, but I want to try querying to agents. I've heard that The Writer's Market is a must have, so I searched it up. I found out that there is a book, and a website, and you have subscribe to the website to access it.
Which one would be more useful?
Also, I found a book called Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino. If I am already getting Writer's Market (either online or book) should I also get this book? I do not know if I would need it because the Writers Market is supposed to have listings of agentsAnswer:
First of all... Congratulations!
Finishing a draft of a novel is a major accomplishment at any age. It takes a lot of effort, time, and discipline, as I expect you have discovered, so I hope you feel quite proud of yourself.
Writer's Market was the standard reference on publishers for many decades but, as you can imagine, it has been somewhat eclipsed by a number of free, online sources.
The difference between the Writer's Market book and the website is that the book is issued once a year, whereas the site should be updated more frequently. Both are great sources of information, but a subscription is more useful for short story writers (who presumably start submitting new stories each month or so).
Here are some free alternatives if you want to save some money...
Preditors & Editors (http://pred-ed.com): This site not only lists agents and publishers, but also tells you which ones are not reputable and should be avoided. Before you submit your work to anyone, check them out on this site.
Publishers Marketplace (http://www.publishersmarketplace.com): Another great source of information on publishers and agents.
Agent Query (http://www.agentquery.com): In addition to listing agents, this site provides you with all the information you need about how to query and submit your work.
You may find that, after checking out these sites, you don't need to buy anything else.
Also, you may want to look at Writer Beware (http://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/alerts), a site which alerts writers to the various scams that exist in the publishing world. Sadly, they are numerous, and you don't want to be taken advantage of.
Best of luck.