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"Required Steps of Manuscript Submission"
By: Garett R. Nadrich


When submitting a manuscript to a publisher, magazine, or an agent,
there are certain steps which a writer must take to polish and perfect his or
her presentation. No matter how well-written or eloquent a manuscript may
be, the following of guidelines, rules, and regulations of format are essential
in improving your chance of being published.

The first step in preparing a manuscript after the given revision, editing,
and spell checking is to list your full name (even if the story is listed under a
pseudonym), address and phone number on the upper left corner. In the
upper right corner, place an indication of the approximate word count of the
material. All of this information should be single-spaced. Then, drop one-third
of the way down the page and center the title in capital letters. After
doing this, double spacing should be set on either the computer or the
typewriter you are using. After one double space, type "by" and then two
lines after that, type in your name or pseudonym. After finishing the title and
byline, drop down two double spaces and begin the text of the manuscript.

Within the body of the manuscript, double spaces should always be
used, for they are a necessity to editors who must make corrections to your
work. Margins should be set to 1.5 on each side for this same reason, and the
CPI (Characters Per Inch) should be set between 10 and 12. The preferred
font settings are Times New Roman and Courier New. On each page
following the title page, type your last name and a dash indicating the
page number (Hughes--2, Hughes--3, etc.).

When writing a novel, the format may differ a bit, for each page would
include the title of the book as well as the author's last name and page
number (Hughes--4--Antiguan Dreamer). Following the format of the title page,
each chapter should have a new page with the top one-third of the page blank
before placing the chapter title. If finishing a story, it is necessary to drop
two lines down after the last line, and in bold letters, type "The End". This
will assure the editor that you're finished with your story.

As far as submitting poetry goes, poems should be single-spaced, at a rate
of one poem per page. The only time double spacing would need to be used is
during stanzas. If a poem requires more than one page, simply type or write
"continued" on the bottom of the page, so that the editor reading your material
will not assume that the poem has already ended if pages become separated.

After following these key steps, attach your pages together with paper
clips, and place your manuscript in an envelope of the right size along with
the necessary postage. Be sure to never bind or staple your manuscript in any
way, and to always include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with
adequate return postage that will hold your manuscript. By following these
imperative guidelines, your chances of impressing editors and proofreaders
as well as being published will drastically improve.

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