- Series: Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript
- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Third Edition edition (August 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158297571X
- ISBN-13: 978-1582975719
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chuck's first humor book, HOW TO SURVIVE A GARDEN GNOME ATTACK (gnomeattack.com), was released in 2010 and has been featured by Reader's Digest, the New York Times and AOL News. The film rights were optioned by Sony and director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future). His second humor book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG: WHEN POOCHES GET POLITICAL (August 2012, reddog-bluedog.com), is a humorous photo collection of dogs doing stereotypical liberal and conservative things. It has been featured by Political Wire, USA Today, and the Huffington Post.
In addition, Chuck has also written two other writing-related titles: the third edition of FORMATTING & SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT (2009), and CREATE YOUR WRITER PLATFORM (fall 2012).
Besides that, he is a freelance book/query editor, husband, cover band guitarist, piano lover, chocolate chip cookie fiend, and owner of a flabby-yet-lovable dog named Graham. Find him on Twitter (@chucksambuchino).
Top Customer Reviews
Over the past decade as a writer, I have read many books and articles about formatting. I have learned the basic rules for manuscripts, articles and queries, but I don't recall reading specifically about the correct layout for the front and back matter of a book, the table of contents or how to format the dedication and acknowledgement pages. This book has it all. A huge selling point of this book is all the examples including query letters (some even include comments from agents and editors), screenplays, articles, letters and manuscripts.
But this book doesn't stop there. Every section is packed with do's and don'ts, like when sending a query for your novel, "Do address your letter to a specific agent or editor," or "Don't state that some other agent or editor rejected your novel." There are also insights from industry professionals and information specific to a variety of genres.
The goal of most writers is to be published. Sambuchino has taken out any of the guesswork involved with sending in submissions, therefore significantly increasing the chances of being published. I loved it and believe it is a must have book for any writers personal reference library.
Chuck Sambuchino and a slew of other editors of Writer's Digest Books have outdone previous editions of FSYM as well as similar books on the market because, not only do they provide detailed instructions on how to format screenplays, scripts, and manuscripts, they also demonstrate how to put together query letters and nonfiction book proposals. They show dozens of good AND bad examples to boot, so you can see where you fall on the spectrum.
In addition to formatting Do's and Don'ts, FSYM is loaded with tips from industry professionals such as literary agents, award-winning authors, screenwriters, playwrights, editors, and producers. Aside from all the great info, one of my favorite aspects of this edition is that Sambuchino and the gang use THE OFFICE, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, as well as other popular, modern shows to demonstrate proper style. Not only is it cool to see snippets of your favorite TV shows' scripts, but this touch makes the whole thing more authentic - to see this formatting in action in a "real" script as opposed to a generic one crafted by the editors just to give the example.
I highly recommend it, no matter what kind of writing you do - no matter where you are in your career. Sambuchino and his colleagues do a great job of explaining the query and submission processes in ways that are palatable enough for beginners to understand; but they also pack each page with information even the most seasoned scribes need.
I didn't even bother making room for FSYM on my bookshelf because it's one of those titles I reach for so often, it didn't make sense to keep it out of arms' reach.
Um ... did you order it yet?
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This edition of Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript is still the third edition, which was first distributed in August, 2009. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Herbert H. Highstone
wow- is this book out of date - there was very little useable information in this book and no - I'm talking no formatting information - don't waste your money - I wasted mine and I... Read morePublished 13 months ago by crazy cat lady