The Publishing Information You Need!

How to Get PublishedEvery couple of months I’m re-posting this helpful guide to finding what you need.

Have you seen my DEFINITIVE post on How To Get Published?

Have you ever wondered what you should say if an agent calls to offer representation?

A great title is an important aspect of attracting an agent’s or editor’s attention. Here’s how to create a perfect title for your book.

Did you know I have a list of qualified freelance editors on my website?

By the way, all those pages can be accessed in “Popular Posts” both on the sidebar and in the tab at the very top.

Would you like to follow more agent blogs? I have an agent blogroll.

Want to check out Mary DeMuth’s e-books on writing book proposals?

You can find those under the “Resources for Writers” tab.

I get emails everyday asking for information that I’ve already covered somewhere on the blog, so I’m trying to help make it a little easier for you to find what you need.

Those links in the bar across the very top have drop down menus with incredible resources for you!

Under the Submissions tab you’ll find:

My Submission Guidelines

What I’m Looking For

How to Write a Book Proposal

Want to learn about writing query letters? Click “Find Post by Subject” (light blue band, upper left under my name) and scroll down to click on Query Letters. You may want to start with these posts:

Query Letters: Not That Complicated

Top Ten Query Mistakes

Anatomy of a Winning Query

Query Paranoia

If you’re looking for a particular topic, you can use those tabs above (in the light blue band) that say “Find Post by Subject” and “Search this Blog.”

Hope that helps you navigate your way around my blog!



  1. It’s definitely a great idea to regroup all your previous posts on particular topics… Helps a lot indeed to find my way around 🙂

  2. Peter DeHaan says:

    For “Top 10 Query Mistakes” my browser says, “Sorry, the page your requested could not be found, or no longer exists.”

    Bummer, now I’ll probably end up making all 10.

  3. Melinda says:

    This mini archive is so helpful. Thanks for posting, Rachelle!

    Now here’s a technical question that someone probably has the answer to: I have both older and newer versions of Word between my laptop and PC and generally save my manuscripts as.doc rather than .docx files. What format do you guys usually use? Is there an industry preference?

    This may seem like a small matter, but believe me, has been the source of epic dissension in my workplace!

  4. Jeanne T says:

    Rachelle, as has been said many times above, thank you. Your posts have given me so much–a better understanding of the industry, straight talk about writing, and big doses of encouragement when I’ve needed it.

    I’ve read some of these posts, but I’m going to make sure I work my way through all of them. Have a great weekend!

    • Roxanne Sherwood Gray says:

      Rachelle, I agree with all the other posters. We aren’t your clients, and you don’t have to write this blog. I hope you know how much you’re appreciated. Thank you so much!

  5. Lisa says:

    Super helpful! Thank you!

  6. Wow, thanks!

    The organization required to keep the posts categorized and accessible is quite a committment of time on your part, and we really, really appreciate it.

  7. J.M. Bray says:


    Thanks a ton for posting these. I will work my way through each of them. The Noveldoctor is currently applying the “red pen of doom” to my manuscript. His update emails are really encouraging. Though that might be the cookies he knew are headed his way. 😉 I don’t know that I would have found him without your site and really appreciate your efforts to help us improve.

    All the best to you this year,

  8. Thank you, Rachelle! This is wonderful!

    Blessings. 🙂

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  15. so it makes since that the two could be helpful to each other before striking a deal. Getting a rejection is the norm, and that’s business, but being rude is just being rude.

  16. tracy street says:

    The one thing that really bugs me is when people feel that they know everything, and make fun of the ones that don’t. If someone asks for a little help to point them in the right direction and they say, “Dream on,” that’s pretty sad. Authors pour their hearts into their books, agents make money from authors with good books, so it makes since that the two could be helpful to each other before striking a deal. Getting a rejection is the norm, and that’s business, but being rude is just being rude.

  17. Rachelle, I so appreciate the compact how-to list you have created. Especially for new writers just getting into the fray, this list is one go-to place to get questions answered. I wish I had seen it four years ago, but then I still thought social media was a disease or something. Now I am delighted by the abundance of useful, indeed necessary, resources I’ve found through generous contributors such as yourself. Thank you. From the bottom of my empty ink cartridges, thank you!

  18. This is a fabulous post.. as always! I am so glad to have come across your blog. And, because you are so awesome… we have bestowed the Versatile Blogger Award to you!


  19. Stephen King says:

    Thank you for posting this! These are the types of posts that need to be read over and over a few times, because there’s just no way of absorbing all of it at once.

  20. Donna Pyle says:

    So awesome to have all of this wisdom in one place! Thanks, as always, for a great post.

  21. Rachelle, you rock. Your blog is so helpful, plus it’s fun. Thanks!

  22. FYI… I’m not receiving your posts into my e-mail inbox. I’ve checked spam folders, etc., even tried re-submitting my address to receive them. It tells me I’m already registered. Not a big deal; I’ll still stop by and check but wanted you to know.


  23. amy kennedy says:

    Rachelle, I’m new to your blog so this post is serendipitous. Thanks for all the great information.

  24. Wow … know what I’m reading this weekend … thanks for such great advice! Much appreciated.

  25. Diana Dart says:

    Chiming in with a big thank you from my corner of the world. Your knowledge (and willingness to share it) has been a real blessing. Cheers!

  26. marion says:

    Thanks so much for repeating this post, Rachelle.
    The info. is all there on your site anyway, but an absolute idiot’s guide as a blog post is very handy to have.

  27. Wendy says:

    Well there you have it, the whole kit and caboodle. (What’s a caboodle anyway?) Had that handy dandy list of what to say to an agent ready when you called. Would have been funny if I quoted it word for word.
    Have a great (and hopefully sunny) weekend!
    ~ Wendy

    • Jeanne T says:

      I”ve always wondered what a “caboodle” is too. I’ve heard the phrase and used it. Hmmmmm. I hope it’s not a bad thing. 😉

    • Roxanne Sherwood Gray says:

      FYI. A “caboodle,” according to the Collins English Dictionary, is “The lot, bunch, or group (esp in the phrases the whole caboodle, the whole kit and caboodle).”

  28. otin says:

    I REALLY do need to read every one of those posts!

  29. Thank-you, this is great information. 🙂

  30. I’ve read all these posts before, at least the ones concerning fiction, and they are so very helpful. Thanks for reposting. I’velearned so much from you over the last year!

  31. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Rachelle, for all your advice and guidance. Your blog is the best.

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