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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.

Even the best writers need editors. Having a fresh perspective on your work is hugely benificial, especally when the feedback is coming from a professional who has experience of the industry.

Once you have a deal, of course, you will also have an editor who will work with you closely. The challenge is securing that deal in the first place. These days the market is tough; agents and publishers often do not have the time to nurture promising writers if their work is in need of further redrafting. This means that good writers end up facing rejection after rejection, and never receive the benefits of good-quality editing.

For this reason, more and more people are choosing to employ a professional who can provide editorial expertise on demand. While there is no guarantee that this will get you published, it is certain that this input will improve your work immensely and empower you to approach agents with a real sense of conviction. From our point of view, when we work on a manuscript that has real potential, we offer the author an introduction to one of our contacts at leading agencies.

Our clients have a measure of confidence that other writers do not. This confidence comes from the knowledge that a professional editor has analysed their manuscript and worked with them to improve it. Moreover, the consulting process means that you get a taste of what it is like to work with an editor or agent. This familiarity will give you a great advantage over those whose work has only been read by friends and family, who can be biased at best and unhelpful at worst.

So why not give us a try? Whatever stage of the creative process you are at, we will be able to help. Contact us.