Sending Your Manuscript: Getting Going

I am typically asked “Do you know of a publisher who would have an interest in my book?” There’s no easy method to answer this question. You see, according to the PMA Newsletter, there are over 86,000 publishers out there. It would be difficult to understand what every one is looking for at any provided time. Nevertheless you do understand that you’re not going to submit your manuscript or book proposition to 86,000 publishers. It would be a waste of your time and money.

To enhance your opportunities in the submission procedure, you have to do your homework. Here are a few suggestions so your research will be most efficient:

Publishing Houses: Get the Truths

Can you submit your manuscript to more than one location at a time? Depends on where you’re sending it. Sadly, each publishing home has its own set of rules for examining a manuscript that will have numerous submissions. You have to find out what those rules are. You can have a look at the 2006 Writer’s Market, released by Author’s Digest. It’s an excellent source for publisher’s standards. So is the website, Literary Market.

While evaluating these resources you need to also note what sort of material the business publishes and what type of manuscripts and propositions they want to see.

Another way to get more particular details on this topic is to go to your regional book shop and look at books similar to yours. Note the publisher as well as the representative and editor who dealt with the book (they’re generally discussed in the acknowledgments). Approved, a publisher may turn your manuscript down if they feel they’ve “been there, done that”, but on the other hand if the business has actually had success with the subject they may be searching the landscape to find more of the same!

Looking for an Agent

Your research study may tell you that the publishers who seem right for you don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts. That indicates you’ll need an agent so you’ll have to start your submission process with literary agencies.

All of the representatives noted in the guide comply with the ethical guides developed by the Association of Author’s Agents (AAR).

Members of AAR are prohibited from charging fees. In one book you get the security of knowing the representative you’re dealing with is on the level, plus you get a complete understanding of what material the agent represents. That means you won’t be sending your manuscript out on an unsuccessful– and costly objective.

Manuscript Mechanics

Do not get too caught up in the specifics of what your manuscript ought to look like. Your research will inform you if the representative or publisher wants your manuscript a certain way, but for one of the most part as long as it’s double-spaced and printed with a clear, easy-to-read 12-point font such as Courier or Arial you need to be fine. Put your name, book title and page numbers on each page and– this is crucial– do not essential anything.

Leaving the pages loose make it easy for the recipient to make copies. This is necessary because normally more than someone will be reading your work.

One note: Nowadays increasingly more companies and publishing homes are accepting electronic submissions. Find out if this is the case for your targets. You can save yourself some money and a journey to the post office!

The Entrepreneurial Frame of mind

Banish all fear. I understand that’s simpler stated than done, but look at it this way. If composing is something you truly want to do, then manuscript submissions will end up being a regular part of your life. You do not wish to go through your days and nights in a consistent state of submission angst!

It makes me feel tired just to think of what that would be like!

Rather put yourself in the state of mind of being a writer and a business owner. Your writing is your product. You will put out the best product possible. Know that the bulk of your rejections will have nothing to do with the quality of your item so do not take it personally. You carry on to the next possibility with the same positive attitude that the next one may be the best one. Know that writing is part of your work. Being afraid isn’t.

You do understand that you’re not going to submit your manuscript or book proposal to 86,000 publishers. Can you submit your manuscript to more than one place at a time? Approved, a publisher may turn your manuscript down if they feel they’ve “been there, done that”, but on the other hand if the business has actually had success with the subject matter they might be scouring the landscape to find more of the exact same!

Don’t get too caught up in the specifics of what your manuscript need to look like. Your research study will tell you if the representative or publisher wants your manuscript a certain way, however for the many part as long as it’s double-spaced and printed with a clear, easy-to-read 12-point font style such as Carrier or Arial you ought to be fine.


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