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I attended a very interesting "class" or seminar last night at the local university as part of their continuing education program. The instructor, Bobbie Christensen, takes a very different approach to getting yourself published in one of her books "Writing, Publishing & Marketing Your 1st Book (or 7th)". She's got 13 books in publication right now and is supporting herself on her income from sales.
Something I found particularly interesting was her disdain for agents. I was surprised about this because I've read so much online about agents being how it's done now. When I attended UVU's Book Academy the end of September I was glad to hear that most of the the local publishing companies prefer not to work through an agent.
The instructor said she (not an agent) submitted her first book to a bazillion (obvious exaggeration here) publishing companies. Surprising to her, the publisher who chose her book was one that had said they would only work through agents.