When my whole life has revolved around one, one project for more than a month or two, I go into a type of cruise control. I zone out and just go through the same motions every day. I would absolutely kill to write something else, but as a writer I have always heard that if you stop at any point during a large project, you have hang up finishing it. Chances are you’ll never get back to working on your project because you’ll be too busy working on something else.CLICK HERE TO Read more
Not many people would be excited about receiving a rejection letter, and I’m thrilled that my work has been rejected. However, I am sure there are plenty of you out there who are also receiving your first rejection letter of 2019. While this isn’t fun, I do want to congratulate everyone who has received a rejection letter this year. Whether it be your first or your 50th, the fact that you submitted at all is a wonderful achievement.CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
I’m reading a book right now that is making me feel things. This, from a writer’s perspective, is an awesome accomplishment. The author has created characters that make me hurt. As a result, he has put me in scenarios that scare me, all despite it being based in a fantasy world. Even so, it moves me and carries real world weight for me as a reader. How cool is that? I wanted to take a moment and figure out what made this character real to me:CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
The question I ask myself all the time, “Okay great, I have a project. Now, how do I stay productive and keep this project going on reasonable timeline?” I think everyone asks themselves this at some point. Here are a few ways I have come up with to stay productive on your writing project:CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Getting started is the hardest part, but keeping the writing going is just as difficult, especially on large projects like novels. There are a ton of tried and true strategies, here are just a few to get that project going and keep it going.CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
You’ve written your short story/poem, you’ve edited it extensively, and now you’re ready to publish. The question is, where do I find publications open for submissions? I’m so glad you asked! Here are a list of resources where you can find and submit to publications and competitions:CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
How this all started
I was in my senior year of high school, and I was trying my best to be a writer when being a writer had never been so accessible. Self-publishing was booming, and I wanted to boom right along with it. I read so many blogs, books, and articles on writing and publication. All of them suggested creating and cultivating a social media presence.CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
The struggle of every creative, fiction writer: coming up with new ideas. I constantly fear that the day will come where I have nothing new to write about, and while that is a valid fear, it probably won’t actually happen. There are countless blog posts with writing topics, story-idea-generators, and plenty of new fads that you can craft to fit into your own, unique universe. To help combat this fear, I am here with my own list of writing topics:CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
I think you’d be hard-pressed to argue against the idea that characters can make or break a story. In most cases, if not all, they are our guide through a story. More importantly, sometimes the story is their story. Regardless, your characters need to be compelling, or at the very least realistic in some manner. Now, when I say realistic, I don’t mean they have to be human, but they need to have depth. Much like ogres, your characters need to be like onions; they have many layers. Now, “how,” you may ask, “does a character get so onion-like?” Never fear, here are some tips and tricks to consider when developing your little onions… er, characters:CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
There are plenty of guides on how to do this. Plenty to be found on the internet, but a lot of them, I have found, don’t have examples, which I will be sharing with you all today. If you didn’t already know, there is a general consensus on how to format a manuscript, and this has been done since typewriters, which explains why things are formatted a certain way.
First off, let me disclaimer: Not every publisher will follow these guidelines.
I feel like this is the main problem a lot of people have. They think everyone will follow the same format, but that is just not the case. The majority will use this format, but you should still read their guidelines before sending anything in.
The number one reason for rejection is disregard for the general submission guidelines! Remember that!
Anyway, on to the list and example (which will be at the end)!
First off, if you have Scrivener, a lot of this will be done for you and is set up as default, so you may not have to worry about this. For those of you who don’t, Courier (any of its varieties), is the most accepted font. Times New Roman, Arial, and Garamond are also very popular so make sure to check the submission guidelines. So,
Most common: Courier (any varieties)
Other possible: Garamond, Arial, Times New Roman
- COVER PAGE
Name (Real, unless otherwise specified)
Address (Mailing preferred, billing may be requested later, unless otherwise specified)
Agent’s name (Omit when necessary)
Agent’s address (Omit when necessary)
Title (Formatting example at the end of post)
by Name (Pseudonym here if applicable, formatting example at the end of post)
- PAGE NUMBERING
In the top right corner on the second page, put the following in formation in the format:
LastName / StoryTitle / Page#
This should appear in the header portion of the manuscript.
Not every publisher will want this, as some prefer anonymous submissions to promote a fair review, so once again, check the submission guidelines before submitting. On the first page, in the same spot you placed the LastName / StoryTitle / Page#, you’ll put your approximate word count.
- END PAGE
At the very end of the manuscript, skip a line, then put: <<<< >>>>
This will signify the end of the manuscript.
Now for the example PDF: This is an Example
I hope that helped! Did it? Is there something else you’d like to know? Anything that didn’t make sense or that you wish I had covered? Let me know, and comment below!
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