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Every Writer Needs This Book!
on March 4, 2010
After I finished reading the book, Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript by Chuck Sambuchino, I said to myself, "Where have you been all my writing life?" This book is to formatting as Strunk and White is to grammar.
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.