The 2010 Writer's Market
is a BEAST.
the Writer's Market comes out annually, and it's the giant bible of publishing. Just like praying, there's no guarantee that you'll get what you want. So I guess comparing the Writer's Market to the bible isn't so off. The difference is, the Writer's Market is definitely updated more often.
And the agents and publishers don't try to tell you what meat to eat or the correct way of sacrificing oxen.
I bought this thing yesterday, and let me tell you, it's an absolute monster. Here's what I gotta do:
1. Look through the list of agents.
2. Pick which ones I got a shot with (accept new writers, accept fiction, accept MY GENRE of fiction, accept unsolicited pitches...)
3. From these, pick the agents I'm going to send letters to.
4. Begin the painful query process.
A query letter is a one-page summary of the book, basically. You're selling your book to the agent. You have to put the genre, target audience, length of book, description of book, description of self, and qualifications of self. In really short paragraphs. Lots of words.
Luckily, I have a helper.