There seemes to be 3 ways of getting published:
- Send a manuscript to a publisher.
- Find an agent
- Publish it yourself.
The generally accepted "best practice" seems to be #2, since many publishers have stopped accepting direct submissions, and self-publishing is pretty hard and unrewarding.
The first step in submitting a manuscript is to format it. When I "correctly" formatted Dawn's Rise, it went from 499 pages to a whopping 649. I have no idea how many printed pages this converts to but it's a hell of a lot to print out. I may have to ship the thing in two envelopes.
Now I need to find an agent...preferably one in NY, and of course I live near Seattle, so I can't just knock on doors. So my project for this week is to come up with a list of potential agents and figure out how to get the story to them.
I also could use another couple months of work on the story. But just like my characters, I don't have all the time in the world, and I've decided to just go for it as is.