Yesterday, I went to this lecture at The American Library in Paris on how to get published. It was really interesting, and I even asked the women giving the lecture a question afterwards(Anne Collomore, author and former editor at Penguin in New York). I wanted to know whether a publisher would find it strange if a non English person would send in their manuscript to for instance a British publishing house. Since English is not my first language, I felt I needed some reassurance in that area. Her answer was actually what I was hoping for, that of course not and that I should definitely go for it.
Something else bothers me a bit though. She said that most publishing houses will not even look at your manuscript if you do not have a literary agent. But I have no idea how to get one. Since I don’t live in the UK, it seems more or less impossible. So that is kind of putting a dower on the whole situation. So I am considering self publishing again, though I wish it didn’t have to be that way.
Though, yesterday there was a bit of a discussion about self publishing as well, and it seems like the big publishing houses actually go on Amazon to look for new up and coming writers, so in a sense it might be worth a try. It might be the way to go. But that still means that I have to find someone to edit the story, preferably someone who does it for a living.
The quote by Audrey Hepburn cheered me up a bit though:)