Being a writer and working on your own without the use of an agent will require you, as the author, to seek out and find representation by a publisher to get your work out to the masses. One of the initial steps ion the process is to find a publisher who will agree to work with you and offers services that you want and need. Your goal as being an author is to make sure your book reaches a wide audience, and that the publisher uses a well defined and professional process. One of the ways to get a publisher to work with you is for you to have your book completed, edited and ready for viewing by the publisher. Once you have your final work ready, you can better convince a publisher to work directly with you. You will need to approach the publisher in a professional manner, ask for a specific outline of their process for submission, meet with the publisher in person or by phone and follow all requests made of you in a fast and complete manner to help show your professionalism. Publishers receive numerous requests, and you need to be one that stands out in terms of your personality and attention to detail.