Featured article: How to get a book published.

If you are interested in getting published you really need a cast-iron determination. Even the best writers have had to deal with frequent rejections from literary agents and publishers, often over many years. It's a pipe-dream to think you can be published without being rejected. It's part of the course. So grit your teeth and set your eyes firmly on your goal.

If your work looks amauterish, literary agents and publishers will never give it serious consideration. The basic rules of thumb are to make sure you use size 12 Times New Roman font and double-space your manuscript. But there's more to it than that. If you really want to impress a literary agent or a publisher, and you really want to get published, take submissions seriously. At Addison & Cole we can provide a specialist consultant to look over your submission in advance and point out its strengths and weaknesses. This can be extremely valuable. Visit our services and fees for more information.

Fee: £200

Our General Feedback service is designed to give you an idea of the viability of your work, based on the opinions of professional editors and agents.

You send us your manuscript and synopsis and we will look through the material, read key sections and carry out an artistic and commercial assessment. Our editors may also discuss your work with agents.

When our assessment is complete, we will send you a General Feedback Report giving you our views on:

• whether your writing has potential

• how you may be able to increase its commercial appeal

• which agents might be interested

• what the weak points are and how you might improve them

• whether we could help by providing editorial services and recommendations to agents

Please note that this service is intended to provide a general overview only, not a detailed analysis of your manuscript. It is ideal for people who are looking for feedback from industry professionals but do not want to invest in intensive editorial work. Contact us for more details.