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Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript (Writer's Market Library) Paperback – November 15, 1999
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I looked at several different formatting books in my search for the best. Many of them got great reviews when they were released. The problem is, most of them are more than 5 years old. With the publishing business changing as rapidly as anything else these days, you need an updated resource to follow, especially if you are new to the business of writing - and yes, it is a business. In business, things are expected to be done a certain way, and this book shows you that way.
This book is chock full of full page examples of everything from proposals, cover letters, tables of contents, etc. It's broken down into sections like most of the other books, each one covering a topic such as articles, novels, and screenplays.
If you want a book that is easy to follow when formatting your manuscript and writing the associated correspondence to an editor/publisher/agent, this is the book for you. The example documents even show you how many spaces to leave between lines etc. I don't think they could have made it any easier if they had sent someone to my house and had them walk me through the formatting!
One thing I thought disappointing was mentioned by another reviewer. Personal essays is mentioned on the cover, but after a quick search, I wasn't able to find that topic covered at all in the book, even in the index. My guess is that it's assumed that these documents would be handled according to guidelines from a different section, although which section eludes me.
Overall, this is the best book out there. It's new, and covers the currently accepted formats for a plethora of documentation. If you're searching for a book like this, spend the money, it's well worth it.
This book also has great examples of query and cover letters. I recommend this to anyone new to the submission process of publishing!
Well, guess what. Absolutely doodly-squat about essays of any kind, much less personal ones. I'm upset because this is the reason I got the book, to give me a floorplan for submission of my essays.
I already have an excellent book on formatting submissions written by Mary Lynn called "Every Page Perfect". I recommend this book; hers doesn't have anything on personal essays, either, but at least hers didn't SAY it did.
I don't give "Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript" one star, because the book does have good information in it, IF you don't have Mary's book. Plus, there is information on e-querying in it that's not in Mary's book because the edition I have was written pre-Internet.
The authors and Writer's Market dropped the ball as far as I'm concerned. Their cover amounts to false advertising.
This important step is vital to your career. The well illustrated examples spell the correct and acceptable style for submissions of a novel, screen & TV scripts, plays, short stories, etc. A stylish submission will not insure acceptance, but it will foster consideration.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great information and well-presented. This book is definitely an asset for any writer, and should be part of their toolbox.Published on August 4, 2013 by Kat Slayden
Bought the book thinking it would do me some real good, however I could have easily gotten all the same information online, for free, and organized in a better fashion.Published on August 3, 2013 by David Rain
The authors of this book certainly know their business--how to format manuscripts, write query letters and design book proposals. Read morePublished on January 18, 2009 by BL Wilson
Great resource for this aspiring writer. I am just approaching attempts at publication, and am grateful for this guidance on my way.Published on May 20, 2007 by George Tennant
It may save you some rejections. The instructions are very clear, concise, and cover all ranges of manuscripts. Read morePublished on January 20, 2003 by Anna Klein