So, you’ve finished your manuscript and polished until it shines. Now it’s time to submit. More and more agencies are now accepting online submissions. Generally speaking when you email a submission you are going to paste your query letter and your sample pages into the body of an email, because most places will not accept […]
Ok, you’ve written your book, edited until your brain turned to mush, created a stunning synopsis, have the basic query letter, and now you need to send out a submission.
Before you start emailing agents or snail mailing them, you need to do your research. Make sure that the agency and the agent and/or editor […]
If you want to write for a living then the first thing you need to do is take yourself seriously, because if you do that then others will believe you are serious about your career as well.
It you treat your writing like a career then it will become one (it just might take awhile.)
I really hated writing synopsis up until last year. The idea of condensing my entire book down to one page single spaced seemed impossible, but I finally managed it. Thinking of synopsis as an essay about a book I read, helped me write it. How would I, essentially, write a book report on my own […]
Never send a generic query letter. I tend to think of query letters like cover letters that I would send out with my resume, they need to be tailored to a specific company and in the case of agents to a specific agent. Always address it to a specific person, double check the spelling of […]
Occasionally I will do a series of posts regarding a specific topic. I’ve decided to discuss some basics, things I wish I had known long before I did. I’m going to start with a common term: manuscript format. Essentially, a manuscript should have a title page, the body of the manuscript should have a header, […]
Hello again, well I thought perhaps some of you were balking at my short post over being rejected. I had several friends express outrage, but I just kind of chuckled at them, and stated the obvious: The publishing world is very subjective and you can’t take rejection personally. So I just want to remind all […]
I have found a couple of places that have extremely useful and I feel reliable, information regarding word count.
This is a great database where you can look up the word count of books already in print. It’s always a good idea to see how long current books are running in the genre that […]
Well, I thought that it was going to be difficult to find the Manuscript Box creature, as it has been elusive in the past. However, I was wrong and happy to be so. I live in Northwest Oregon. I live in Yamhill County an area known for its wines but not necessarily exhaustive stationary supplies. […]