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Would you be able to refer me to an online source or electronic

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Would you be able to refer me to an online source or electronic document that serves a guide in writing a manuscript that any book publisher would accept for their review?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
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Expert:  matt50025002 replied 8 months ago.

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Yes I can refer you to one

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After reviewing many of the the best manuscripts guides, this document is the best in showing you a step by step way of writing a manuscript correctly and accurately. The website is http://www.aaeditor.org/StepByStepGuide.pdf. This will help you tremendously, let me know if you need any more help, thanks

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Actually, I am looking for guide to write a manuscript for a fiction novel.

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ok, let me check into this further, i will get back to you soon

matt50025002 :

For a novel, i would try this websites http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/fiction/2004/11/novel_manuscrip.html.

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Expert:  Miranda replied 8 months ago.

Hi,

 

The link given to you in the above answer is for formatting a manuscript, but judging from your question, I believe you are asking for the steps on how to actually write a novel, correct?

 

This is a good site with some useful tips on how to write a novel, plots, symbolism, characters, etc.: http://www.novel-writing-help.com/how-to-write-a-novel.html. Private online critique groups are also a great place to improve your novel and writing. I have used them in the past for my historical fiction novel, and I have learned more from that group than I ever did from a website or book.

 

Also, I am a freelance editor (who has worked with publishing houses), as well as a writer, so I wanted to let you know a bit more about the actual process for submitting a novel to a publisher. It's basically impossible to write a novel that every book publisher would want to read. In fact, publishers are so selective, and their "slush piles" (submitted manuscripts) are so huge that it's difficult for a new writer to even get a second glance from a publisher.

 

The best thing to do is to submit your novel to a literary agent first (like a sports agent but for writers). Manuscripts submitted by literary agents to a publishing house are far more likely to be read by acquisitions editors than unsolicited manuscripts sent directly to the publisher from the author.

 

You will also need to develop a query letter, which is basically a letter briefly describing what your novel is about, why it would be a good fit with the agency, etc. You will also want to have a short synopsis (1-2 pages) that summarizes what your book is about.

 

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