Back in November I finished writing my first book, and (as most writers do I assume) I felt immensely proud about it. I was in that ecstatic state of post-writing bliss where I thought my novel was completely immune to criticism and would undoubtedly be destined to fill the shelves of popular bookstores. Of course, after nearly five months of editing and having my friends and family review it, I've come to realise that that's probably not likely. That being said, I spent a year devoting countless hours of my life to pouring my heart and soul into this damn thing, so obviously I'd still like to try and get it published. I've written my query letter, plot synopsis, small summaries of the character arcs, all the materials that I need, and now I'm ready to start sending them out to agencies. Well, to be specific, I've been ready for a week now. My finger hovers over the send button, but I'm wracked by nerves and I just can't force myself to do it. The thing is, I live in Sydney, and after doing some research I've discovered that the only agencies that would be interested in my novel are in the UK, US, etc.
I'm worried about how the process differs from a local to an overseas agency/publisher. Don't get me wrong, it's not like I think my novel is some breathtaking, world-changing triumph of literature, nor am I even really expecting it to be published at all. Still, I'm just so worried that if I send my manuscript overseas, the agency might just run off with it and publish it under a different name. I know, it's highly unlikely and my book probably isn't good enough to be worth that effort, but still, the fear keeps creeping in.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I want to know more about how the process works with a local agency/publisher as opposed to an overseas agency/publisher. I mean, how would I communicate or talk to them? Would I ever get to see them face to face? I've looked up articles online but none of them seem to talk about my particular issue. Every single article is just the same rehashed top ten list of how to prepare a query letter. I was wondering if anybody here could help me out?
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