At BookWise Publishing we mainly work with self-publishing authors, but occasionally we have someone ambitious enough that they want to find an agent and a traditional publisher—and we are equipped to help.
These are the first steps:
Our editing staff will help you fine tune at least the first three chapters.
We will help you write your query letter (for fiction) or your book proposal for non-fiction.
We will help you in finding appropriate agents to whom you will send your query/book proposal. We recommend you do some research on agents. Large and mid-sized publishers do not want to work directly with the author. You can find this type of information on free sites such as agentquery.com or on monthly subscription sites such as publishersmarketplace.com.
Once you have a very direct and “personalized” (to the agent) one-page query letter or a well-developed proposal, the next step is to send it out with whatever portion of the manuscript and whatever format they (the agent or publisher) want it in. And they are very specific at times.
Then we wait for responses.
If you are made an offer by an agent or publisher, you will pay the agent 15% of your contract. This process can take anywhere from 18 months to three years. BookWise Publishing will help you through this process, but we do not take a piece of your pie, in other words, when you accept a contract from an agent or publisher, you no longer need us.
In terms of initial costs, BookWise Publishing requires a $200 retainer for your producer and a $200 retainer for your editor. Any billable hours above and beyond what the retainers cover, we bill at $60 per hour plus expenses (if there are any). And you DO want those first chapters that you’re sending out edited and refined. An agent we work with closely knows within a page and a half if she wants the book.
All costs will be explained in advance and subject to your agreement.