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What You Need to Know About Simon & Schuster

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What You Need to Know About Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster's Manhattan Building

© 2008 Ginny Wiehardt, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Simon & Schuster Basics:

Simon & Schuster was founded in 1924 by Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln Schuster and is now owned by CBS. Imprints include Pocket Books, Scribner, Free Press, Atria, Fireside, Touchstone, and Atheneum Books for Young Readers. They publish some 2,000 books each year, many of them bestsellers. Their authors include people like Jodi Picoult, Mary Higgins Clark, and Scott Westerfeld.

Fiction at Simon & Schuster:

As with Random House and Penguin, each of Simon & Schuster's imprints, or subsidiary presses, has its own flavor. In some cases, these imprints are run much as they were as independent presses. For instance, Dominic Smith, in publishing his novels with Washington Square Press, a Simon & Schuster imprint, said that he enjoyed the advantages offered by smaller publishers -- like one-on-one attention -- while benefiting from the resources of a major press.

Submit to Simon & Schuster:

Most editors at Simon & Schuster do not read unsolicited work, so it's important to have an agent. An agent will also have a better idea of which editors and imprints will be receptive to your work. Learn how to find an agent or read about independent presses, who are more likely to read unsolicited manuscripts.

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