Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript

All the information you need to craft a winning submission.
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Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, 3rd edition
by Chuck Sambuchino
Writer's Digest Books, 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-58297-571-9
ISBN-10: 1-58297-571-X
$22.99 paperback, 324 pages

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Download an excerpt that includes instructions and examples of how to (and not to) format your article queries and manuscripts. See exactly how to make your work look professional, polished, and publishable.

About the Book
Prepare and present your work like a pro! Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, 3rd edition, gives you all the information you need to craft a winning submission. Fully updated, this comprehensive resource now features more than 100 sample letters and manuscript pages, expanded instruction for electronic submissions, updated formatting and submitting guidelines, and new insider tips from top agents and editors.

With strong and weak sample query letters, novel synopses, articles, nonfiction book proposals, manuscript pages, scripts, and more, you’ll see exactly what works and what doesn’t. Plus, each sample page features individual callouts to clearly identify and explain critical elements, so that you don’t miss a thing.

With this all-encompassing guide, you’ll discover everything you need to make your work look professional, polished, and publishable.

About the Author
By day, Chuck Sambuchino is the editor of two annual resource books: Guide to Literary AgentsandScreenwriter’s& Playwright’s Market. He also assists in editing Writer’s Market ( By night, Chuck is a writer and freelance editor and teaches online instructional courses through Writers Online Workshops ( He is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences and retreats across the country. To sign up for free newsletter about agents and publishing, visit Visit his blog at

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Basics by Nicole Klungle
Part 1: Nonfiction
Chapter 1: Articles
Chapter 2: Nonfiction Books
Chapter 3: Short and Specialized Pieces

Part 2: Fiction
Chapter 4: Short Stories
Chapter 5: Novels
Chapter 6: Genre Novels
Chapter 7: Comics and Graphic Novels

Part 3: Children’s Writing
Chapter 8: Picture Books
Chapter 9: Middle Grade and Young Adult Books
Chapter 10: Children’s Magazines

Part 4: Scripts
Chapter 11: Screenplays
Chapter 12: Television Scripts
Chapter 13: Audio/Video Scripts
Chapter 14: Play Scripts

Part 5: Verse
Chapter 15: Poetry

Record Keeping and Forms
Submission Tracking Checklist
Contact Tracking
Income and Expense Tracking