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Signing Saves Books from the Return Pile

When a bookstore can't sell copies of your novel, the books get sent back to the publisher, who marks them with a dash, slash or smash and then off they go to a remainder bookstore like

As the author, you'll never see a penny from the remainder sales. However, if you offer to sign all copies at a bookstore, they will think you're wonderful, and your books may never be sent to remainder heaven, because publishers usually don't take signed books.

Duotrope VS The Grinder

If you're a writer without an agent, you're probably spending way too much time searching for potential publishers. I search on google, I log on MS Excel. I have the skills to do it myself, but I have not been writing all summer. Why? Because I'm juggling the submissions of 1 novel, 3 short stories, multiple poems and a novella. It doesn't seem like much, but when you factor in the searching, the rejections and re-submissions, it can become quite time consuming.

The second issue with google searches is the results are saturated with outdated calls for submissions. I read, I get excited and then buried somewhere in the text is the end date of the call. I have seen some that are five years old.

I need to write - not spend so much time submitting. So the question is:

Should I try an agent who will take approximately 14% of my royalties and might not even search and submit for me (not all agents perform those tasks)? Or should I move to a query database online to refine my …

Market Yourself as a Professional Reader at NetGalley

Internet saturation of your name and your profile is key to creating a strong author presence. Agents and publishers prefer authors who have already established themselves online--even before they have been published. You know the common drill:
Author WebsiteAuthor page on FacebookGoodreadsTumblr, Blogger, Twitter, WordpressGroup membership All of the above take some effort and take you away from your writing. Well here is a new way to promote yourself, to build relationships with publishers, get some free reading materials and become a recognized "professional reader".
NetGalley connects you to publishers who want you to review books that are soon-to-be-published. 
Why would you do this? Free reading materialIt's a good way to get your name and possibly your Web site or blogger links out thereYour blog or group will get reviews of great books before they hit the press (timely)You may be able to build relationships with publishersYou get to see what is being published (whic…