The advice I give my own students is to market the first novel directly to publishers (again with a query letter and maybe a sample of the script if the publisher says it’s OK). You can reach more publishers in a hurry, and if you do your homework you won’t waste time on publishers who refuse to read unagented scripts. If you do get a positive response, and then a contract, you can then call almost any agent you like, and invite her to get a better deal for you. Since you’ve proven you can sell, you should be able to sign on without much fuss.
My question is, how do you send your query letter to publishers if the publishers don’t list their editors? Do you just send it blindly to the whole publishing company hoping that it actually gets to the editor’s desk?
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