Signing a book deal with a publisher defines success for many authors (or at least the first step towards it!). This week in our collection of articles from around the web, we focus on the (sometimes arduous) road to getting traditionally published. We hope that what we offer here can contribute to helping you along that path. Knowing where to start, and the steps to take, can ease the burden of muddling through and trying to figure it all out on your own!

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Tips for Finding a Literary Agent

To better your chances of getting your book in front of publishers, it is in your best interest to work with a literary agent whose expertise, experience, and connections in the industry are assets you cannot obtain easily on your own. This article, published by NY Book Editors, provides some helpful tips on the process of finding the right agent for you.

Tips for Finding a Literary Agent

By NY Book Editors

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Choosing a Genre

It would seem as though choosing a genre for your book would not be that hard. However, as many experienced writers know, not only can it be tricky to pick a genre, it is also one of the defining decisions of your marketing campaign. Genre dictates how you will find an agent and what audience will find your book. This in-depth article by Kristen Lamb details why you need to pick a genre, and outlines definitions of top genres to help you decide where your book fits.

Choosing a Genre

By Kristen Lamb

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How to Write a Query Letter: The 6-Step Formula for Querying Literary Agents

Writing query letters are your chance to pitch your book to agents and publishers who are constantly seeking new talent, but have limited time. Hence, your query letters must be powerfully and succinctly written. Here is a breakdown of the basic formula for a query letter from TCK Publishing.

How to Write a Query Letter: The 6-Step Formula for Querying Literary Agents

By TCK Publishing

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15 Questions to Send Beta/First Readers (please steal)

Even before you send your manuscript to an editor, it is good idea to have a couple of beta readers—readers who can read your manuscript with no preconceived notions, yet give honest feedback. To ensure you get the feedback you are looking for, here are a few questions that will help guide your readers, compiled by Ryan J. Pelton of The Writing Cooperative.

15 Questions to Send Beta/First Readers (please steal)

By Ryan J. Pelton of The Writing Cooperative

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How to Handle Rejection: 4 Things NOT to Do and 3 Things to Do After You’re Rejected by a Publisher

Whether you are at the beginning, middle, or end of a project, it is always good to hit refresh on your brain. Taking a break from your normal writing habits can get you unstuck from an obstacle or give you new eyes for an existing idea. This article by Arielle Contreras of Reedsy details a few exercises geared toward fiction and creative projects specifically.

How to Handle Rejection: 4 Things NOT to Do and 3 Things to Do After You’re Rejected by a Publisher

By Jeff Elkins of The Write Practice

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