Writing, editing, and publishing a book requires guts and stamina. One of the more difficult aspects is gathering all of the information you will need in order to succeed. The following resources will help you on your road to publication.
AgentQuery.com. A huge searchable database of literary agents, complete with contact information, whether the agent is accepting queries, and insights into what the agent is looking for.
Editorial Freelancers Association. Find going rates for a variety of publishing freelancers as well as a searchable database of freelance editors and other publishing professionals.
Literary Market Place. The traditional source for finding agents. The searchable database includes full profile information. You can get limited access for free or pay a subscription fee for more complete information.
The Permissions Group. For help in determining whether excerpts require permission.
Publisher’s Marketplace. Find free, in-depth information on agents and publishers. Information is provided by the entities profiled.
Writers Market. For a small fee you can search their database to find detailed information about thousands of publishers.
Chicago Manual of Style. Now in its 16th edition, this hefty guide is used by nearly all book editors. See particularly Chapter 4 for information on copyright and securing permissions.
Developmental Editing: A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors, and Publishers, by Scott Norton. This how-to book is most relevant for freelancers, but authors benefit from knowing what their editors are looking for, and Norton’s solutions to common problems are most valuable.
The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry. In this comprehensive guide, Eckstut and Sterry cover nearly every aspect of book publishing.
How to Sell, then Write Your Nonfiction Book, by Blythe Camenson. This entry-level book gives a good overview of the proposal process for nonfiction writers.
How to Write a Book Proposal, by Michael Larsen. As the title states, this book offers best practices for writing a book proposal from a respected name in the field.
Thinking Like Your Editor, by Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato. If you want to know more about what acquisitions editors are looking for, what they do, and how to have a good working relationship with yours, this book is for you.