Veteran writers, what are your suggestions for getting a first novel published?

I'm working on my first novel, a tale of taboo love and murder, and want to find the right publishing house to pitch the idea to. I'm also taking the first steps towards becoming a professional writer (still have a day job, but hopefully will be cutting it back by this summer). Where should I start looking, and are there any almost-fatal pitfalls you can help me dodge? Thanks!

Asked By: New World Man ∞ Temet Nosce - 1/16/2009
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First, write your story... More
Answered By: Paul L - 1/16/2009
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Right now the market is really tight. The best thing you can do is find a really good agent and be persistent.
Answered By: roo2 - 1/16/2009
I write stories a lot and got them published. I love to write films. I love to act in some too. I was only in one. So anyway, what I do is picture something in my head and think of a story behind it like a serial killer I think of a guy and than write a story for it. Don't write the title first, it makes you want to... More
Answered By: Fresh Prince with no care - 1/16/2009
1 - don't quit your day job, first novels do not generally earn enough in royalties to pay the rent... More
Answered By: Bolt - 1/16/2009
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