Preparing Your Manuscript
Writing With Intention: On Hiring a Sensitivity Reader
Whether you're looking to pitch your work to an agent or are setting out on your self-publishing journey, author Melissa Scholes Young has some tips for hiring a sensitivity reader to up-level your work.
Using Recipes in Your Non-Cookbook Manuscript: What You Need to Know
Want to make your story more savory? On The Market author Audrey Wick suggests including the recipes your characters devour.
Funny You Should Ask: Why don't literary agents invest in long-term talent instead of manuscripts they love?
Funny You Should Ask is a humorous and handy column by literary agent Barbara Poelle. In this edition, she answers a reader's question about the struggle of finding an agent who falls head-over-heels for your manuscript, and why literary agents don't approach their profession more like Hollywood agents do.
Funny You Should Ask: Should I copyright my manuscript before submitting it to agents?
Funny You Should Ask is a humorous and handy column by literary agent Barbara Poelle. In this edition, she answers reader questions about copyright for manuscripts and using real people and products in your work of fiction.
Manuscript Rejection Feedback: 3 Critiques to Heed (and 2 to Ignore)
If your head is spinning from the manuscript rejection feedback you’re receiving while on submission, you’re not alone. Let us help you translate it.
Is Your Manuscript Ready for Publication?
2nd Draft provides a high-level review of your writing, giving specific reasons your work may be getting rejected. You’ll not only learn what’s working in your writing, but what’s not, and—most important—how to fix it.
What Are the Guidelines for Formatting a Manuscript?
Before sending your novel out to potential agents and publishers, be sure to follow these important formatting guidelines.
Where Should You List Your Manuscript's Word Count?
There are a couple of places where your manuscript's word count needs to appear. Here they are.
The 411 on Contest Guidelines and Formatting for Writers
When submitting a story via email for a contest, how should it be formatted? Here's the inside scoop on what rules to follow.
3 Ways to Get Published: How to Turn Your Manuscript into a Published Book
The goal for most of us writers is to get our work published. We dream of the day we walk through our local bookstore and see our name on the cover of a book. While getting published isn't the only way to validate oneself as a writer, it certainly is one of the most gratifying. It's also one of the most challenging. Here are your top options.
Writing a Novel: From First Draft to Finished Manuscript
If you are writing a novel for the first time, or simply beginning a new one, From First Draft to Finished Novel can guide you along the process. Throughout the book, you'll discover novel writing tips, get step-by-step instruction, and improve your writing skills with editing and writing exercises.
What Writers Need to Know About Formatting (FAQs)
When writing your future bestseller you don't want to have to waste too much time wondering if you should be leaving one space or two between sentences or worried that you're committing other style faux pas. Here I’ve collected a writer’s set of FAQs about formatting issues that will help you navigate the basics.
Why Your Manuscript Can Get Rejected (Part II)
At Killer Nashville, a trio of extremely knowledgeable publishing pros held a panel on the most common reasons why a manuscript is rejected by an agent. Here you'll find part two of this post series.