So your masterpiece is finished. Well, what you do next is the most important part. It’s time to submit that manuscript. And yep, it can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it doesn’t have to be.
I’ve got you covered.
Check out this video for a ton of tips to keep in mind when submitting your manuscript to a publishing house.
Not got time to watch the video? Have a read of some of the areas I cover.
Each publishing house has different guidelines. Make sure you read through everything they as for before submitting your manuscript. Failure to do so will often automatically disqualify you before they even read the first line of your manuscript. Read the rules two or three times if you must.
You don’t want to be disqualified before they’ve even read the first line of your manuscript. Read the guidelines two or three times. For good measure, try a fourth time. You can never be too thorough.You don't want to be disqualified before they've even read the first line of your manuscript. Click To Tweet
The characters you write are not you! You’re a professional writer and submitting your manuscript to a publishing house is a professional task. Don’t use lazy language or slang in your letter. Ensure you structure the email or letter correctly. Be as formal as possible.
What your query letter should NOT include:
- Lazy language
Structure your email correctly and be as formal, and polite as possible.
Want to get your hands on a sample query letter?
Where to put the letter
I’ve seen this so many times. You just cannot put your manuscript in the body of an email. The email is meant to introduce you and your vision to the publisher properly. Nobody has got time to read a manuscript in an email. Attach it!
Grab their attention
And don’t let go! You’ve got to be intriguing and creative without being over the top. You don’t want to come over too strong, but you do want to be unique!
Make sure to stand. Be confident that you’re a writer they would want to represent.
Include contact information
This might seem like the most obvious thing. But some writer’s forget this detail.
Include at these two ways the publisher can contact you
- Phone number (with a professional voicemail)
- Email address
There are lots more tips, so go ahead and watch the video.
Did I leave anything out? Let me know in the comments.