Q: Before sending my fiction manuscript off to agents, I want to be sure I have it formatted correctly. Can you offer up any specific guidelines on the specific manuscript format that agents and publishers want? As an editor, I can tell you that queries and manuscript submissions unfortunately come in all shapes, sizes, fonts, and I'm not making this up colors, making it a pain to sift through them. Sometimes the manuscript formatting has been so jarring that I've had to reject them without even looking at the overall idea—mainly because I couldn't find the pitch through the clutter. Editors generally prefer submissions of any kind to be neat and uniform, like an online contacts folder, so they can find exactly what they want as easily as possible.
Anatomy of a Novel: Chapters and Parts
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Want to learn how tow write a triad of books that keeps readers with you to the end? Here are 5 key steps for how to write a book trilogy:. Step 5: Choose three titles that resonate together strongly. The number three crops up everywhere in storytelling: Three wise men; three little pigs; three blind mice; the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
What is a prologue (and epilogue)? Examples and tips
As many of you know, book publishing industry professionals and readers alike have openly expressed their dislike of prologues. Prologues can—and have been—executed with skill. But are they necessary?
Many authors include prefaces to their stories that give context, exposition or backstory. What is a prologue or epilogue exactly? Read on for definitions, examples and tips for using them in your own books:. Prologues originate in the introductory spoken parts that would often precede early modern stage dramas.