From: Ian Dowdall
Location: Coquitlam, British Columbia
I have recently completed my first Science Fiction / Science Fantasy novel.
I could really do with some help & advice on getting it published.
I have a copy sitting in blurb.com & have gone through the copyright hoops.
I really need to know whether I should go to an agency or try to submit my work independently. Is there a list of publishers or agents anywhere?
Knowing that Greg is a master of Science Fiction (a little buttering up was in order) I was hoping that he, or his associates, would be in a position to offer some advice.
I live in British Columbia, Canada
From: Greg Bear
Hello, Ian! Congrats on finishing your novel. There's a lot of information about agents on the web. Google Literary Agents and New York, and browse carefully. Never pay an agent to judge your manuscript; those are rarely worth the bother. Best advice: ask your fellow or favorite writers who their agents are. Mine is Richard Curtis. Some publishers (not many) accept manuscripts over the transom; I believe Baen Books still looks at unsolicited manuscripts, which is what "over the transom" means, for those who don't remember when publisher's offices had windows that opened above their doors! And be persistent, but above all, be careful in your choice of agent. Do your research!
Ian, look over at Dan Simmon's Writing Well forum and his same-titled installments. This has been covered and discussed, and is a recurrent topic, there.
From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego
I recently discovered that DAW in NYC is also accepting unsolicited manuscripts.
Three decades ago I saw a lot of UNUSUAL SF emerge from the DAW imprint, so who knows?