- Series: Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript
- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 3 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you are a writer and plan to seek publication, get this book.
If you intend to submit your manuscript to a publisher, realize that incorrect formatting can be enough to send your book into the nearest trashcan.
If you intend to self-publish, acknowledge that your potential readers will judge you by your professionalism or lack thereof.
There are a few problems however:
1) There is absolutely NO information on how to pitch an anthology or series! With more and more publishers wanting to establish franchises like Harry Potter, Twilight, Divergent, and the Hunger Games, this is a major oversight that needs to be addressed in future editions.
2) I would have liked to see a few extra sample pages for the "correct" novel outline that encompassed a complete chapter rather than just the first page. As presented, it says to write "chapter-by-chapter outline" on each page of your outline, but is this really necessary if a chapter description requires an extra page? Which many easily could, because of the 1" margins, double-spacing, and line breaks! This is not made clear.
3) Furthermore, there is not enough advice on the best way to write a synopsis, which is your novel's most important marketing tool to agents and publishers. I had to search all over the web to piece together the necessary advice when this should have been provided in the book.
4) There were not that many "exclusive tips" from leading agents and editors as promised on the cover, and they were all pretty much just common sense advice, nothing earth-shattering.
5) Lastly, I would imagine many writers are only interested in writing for one or two of the markets presented, making large chunks of the book wasted space for them.
Verdict: I bought my copy used knowing I would never need most of the info in this book and am happy with my purchase, save for the criticism above.
Like I said, it's no deal breaker, but it would've been nice to be clear on it.
This is an incredibly thorough presentation with hundreds of examples which can be adopted or adapted; this book is actually difficult to categorize. The best similar books I can think of are the Microsoft handbook for their Office suite of software and Home Improvements 1-2-3 published by Home Depot; these are how to books of the highest order; so too is Formatting, it's a professional tool. There's nothing sexy or fun about these books, they are all business and I recommend this volume (and the other two) unconditionally.