On Preparing Manuscripts

I don’t like sharing my writing. I know that’s a strange thing for a blogger to say, but hey, it’s the truth. It’s not a good feeling for an aspiring author to have, either, which is why I am doing something this month that is a big step for me: I am submitting a manuscript of my novel to a publisher.

The publisher is accepting open submissions this month, which is just what I need since I do not currently have an agent. I have to submit the first five chapters (or the first 10,000 words or so, if the chapters are short, which mine are) and a two-page summary, maximum, of the entire novel, including a bit about the main characters.

Two pages may seem like a lot, but it is not. Seriously, I am having trouble distilling my entire story into two pages. And if that’s not hard enough, the publishing company also wants a one-sentence (yes, you read that right) summary of the entire novel. I have no idea how I’m going to manage that. I do think it’s an important exercise, though: this novel has undergone many manifestations before it took its current form and even though the writing itself is vital, it is also useful to step back and assess where exactly I plan to go with the story.

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2 thoughts on “On Preparing Manuscripts

    1. I know, it’s quite exciting. I personally think it needs a bit of work, but I definitely want to send in something before the submission period is over. And once I have a publishing contract someday, you can read my manuscript. 🙂

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