Writer's Digest

WRITE Your Book in 2019

TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING

BIG FIVE

WHO THEY ARE:

• Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan (each has dozens of imprints).

WHO THEY WORK WITH:

• Authors who write works with mainstream appeal, deserving of nationwide print retail distribution in bookstores and other outlets.

• Celebrity-status or brand-name authors.

• Writers of commercial fiction or genre fiction, such as romance, mystery/crime, thriller/ suspense, science fiction and fantasy, young adult, children’s.

• Nonfiction authors with a significant platform (visibility to a readership).

VALUE FOR AUTHOR:

• Publisher shoulders financial risk.

• Publisher will pursue all possible subsidiary rights and licensing deals worldwide.

• Physical-bookstore distribution nearly assured, in addition to other physical-retail opportunities (big-box, specialty).

• Best chance of mainstream media coverage and reviews.

HOW TO APPROACH:

• Almost always requires an agent. Novelists should have a finished manuscript. Nonfiction authors should have a book proposal.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

• You receive

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