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my son has written a young adult novel. how can i get it published. we live in oceanside,ca.?

9 Answers

  • jane7
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    can be very difficult to find an agent and almost impossible to publish without one. Your best bet is to attend a writers' conference, where you can sign up to present to an agent in person. Google 'writers' conference' to find one in your area. Put a lot of work into your manuscript before pitching it. Have at least ten other people read it - not just your friends, but your old English teacher and anyone you know who is educated and well read. Take all criticism to heart and rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. Also, be prepared to be rejected. A lot. It won't happen overnight and it doesn't happen to most teenagers.

    Source(s): I have six published novels. I started writing when I was in the second grade.
  • 1 decade ago

    It's sad that a lot of good publishing houses won't look at novel-length manuscripts until you have some other publishing history. There are many that do-- check out a writers' market guide from your local library and start submitting to the publishers that take unsolicited manuscripts from unpublished authors. Make sure they publish in the "young adult" field if that's what you're shooting for.

    In the meantime, if your son is really into writing, he's probably working on other things as well as this novel-- stories, poems, etc. Try to get a body of these (short stories are most marketable, since they're "low-risk") and start submitting to magazines, journals and the like. Even an off-hand joke in Reader's Digest is, if nothing else, a publishing credit.

    It may take a long time to find a publisher that says "yes." This is good because it also takes a long time to build up a healthy history as a published writer-- and once you have one of those, many more doors will open for your son--publishers will be more willing to seriously consider the novel, and a few companies who wouldn't even open the envelope previously may suddenly be interested.

    But they won't come to you in any case. The best and most practical advice is: get ready for disappointment and rejection, learn to live with them, and learn to ignore them and continue on. It's persistence that pays off in the long run, especially for emerging writers.

    Good luck!

  • Jenny
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    With the Internet you now have several options. You have traditional publishers. Random House promotes a contest for kids:

    Here's a directory

    You might find e-publishers listed in the above. You'll find it easier to get published with e-pubs, but you have to do a lot of self-promotion. That would mean getting your son a blog and perhaps later his own website.

    If you just want a hard copy of your son's work or want to try to promote it yourself there's You can upload the text, create a cover, pick binding, and choose to print and buy copies for yourself, or you can setup a store front and sell it there, or both. Also, you can buy an isbn number. Isbn's are required to sell books through Amazon and most bookstores.

    I'd suggest first that you enlist the help of an English teacher or find an online workgroup to help your son edit his work. Better yet, pick up a copy of Strunk & White's Elements of Style (Free online version at and you and your son edit the work yourselves before sending it in to a publisher or offering it for sale.

    Some other resources:

    Zoetrope's virtual studios at That's Francis Ford Coppola's. You have to register to be able to browse the studios but it's free.

    You don't say how old your son is, so this one may be too young for him. is for all ages.

    And one more site with lots of resources:

    I wish your son good luck.


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    Lv 4
    5 years ago

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  • Rich B
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Check out the back of Smithsonian magazine,there`s usually an ad in there from some publishing outfit.Or get the 2007 writers guide at your local bookstore or library.

  • 1 decade ago

    Okay, i know this sounds too easy but go to and type " book publishers" one of them should be able to publish for free and let you pick if you want it in paperback or hardcover and which library(s) you want it to go towards. If the book is really good you may be able to get one of the really big publisher companies to do it, but start small and work your way up!

  • 1 decade ago

    Good Luck.....try and get it to an agent. You could send it out cold to a publishing company, but from what I understand, there's a good chance it may not even get a glimpse. There is always self-publishing.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Seek out literary agents in CA by procuring the latest Writer's Guide.

    Then go on and find any other agent in that book and see who else might take your son's YA novel.

    But write a compelling query to attract their attention first, and be prepared for REJECTION afterwards. (This isn't a forgiving business.)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well... If you live in Oceanside. You have the money to self publish.

    Try that.

    One more little rich boy making good on mommy and daddies money and privileged education...

    Yes... I am VERY jealous actually Thanks!

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