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Miss Snark,When you send a manuscript to editors, do you focus on larger houses before making inquiries to smaller ones? How strongly do you and/or other agents focus on making sales to the bigger publishers?Thanks.
There are only 7 large houses left in NYC.
1. Random House and all its villages
2. Penguin Group
3. Simon and Schuster
7. Holtzbrink group (SMP etc)
Add to that the next tier down with good publishers who can cough up serious money:
Perseus Book Group
And you've got a decent list of places to look first for some serious money.
The downside is, most of these places have to sell a shitload of books to make the project pay.
So, if you have a great first novel, chances are you aren't selling it to Random House cause they think they need to sell 40,000 copies of something to make it fly.
But yes, we give them the first look. It's not exclusive though. Unless an editor is gong to read something this week, I keep pitching and sending till it's sold.
And if we end up selling it to someplace farther down the list, and it's an amazing success, we all chant "I told you so" around the campfire.
But, yes, I look for serious money first. Most of us do.
We'd be idiots not to, right?