By Holly Atkinson On Jul 15 2013, 8:19 am
So you’ve finished a manuscript.
Take a deep breath. Pat yourself on the back. Pour yourself that celebratory drink. You’ve earned it. Reaching the finish line on any project is one heck of an accomplishment. So kick back and enjoy yourself, because the fun part is officially over.
Now you’re looking at rereads, revisions, critique partner suggestions, more revisions, synopsis drafting, and perhaps even more revisions. Because when you start submitting, you want your manuscript to be the very best version of your book available for the editor’s consideration. After you’ve narrowed down your list of prospective publishers, you have to take note of how each publisher prefers to receive submission packages. Publisher A, for example, requires a detailed promotion plan. Publisher B only asks for the first three chapters, the conclusion, and a synopsis. Publisher C wants the full, the synopsis, and the promotion plan. If you’re serious about getting your work considered, you’ll apply focus to the criteria each publisher lists, as well as their chosen dos and don’ts. Read more…