Back to the manuscript, written in a notebook – or on the computer… whatever. (Apparently Tom Hanks used a typewriter. Clever man. The number of times I re-write it would never work.)

When a publisher asks to see any of your work – be confident you have proof read as best you can (don’t compare my blogs, sorry I have written in haste and they haven’t been)

Check list: is your manuscript shining, ready for print – most important, is it complete?

A little tip: You won’t be asked to send your best chapter, the one which you think is all sparkly and sure to grab them – the one in the middle, right?

They will most likely want to read from the start, so it must capture their interest straight away.

Frankly, when I sent my manuscript, I was terrified they would send back a lorry load of laughing emoji’s, telling me to ‘get real.’

Also consider having ready:

Synopsis – book blurb – elevator pitch

All of this is may seem extraordinarily obvious. But it was the first time I really focussed on the nitty gritty and couldn’t believe how hard it was. Some may find doing this easy-peasy lemon squeezy. I hope you are one of them, and if you can give me a tip or two. I would welcome it with open arms. 😊

You will need to prepare:

  1. Synopsis – a summary of your whole novel in less than three pages – one if you can do it convincingly – there will be instructions/requirements on the publishers list on the specific length –  (don’t bank on my suggestion being what they want). This is a brilliant way of checking your work in brief.
  2. Elevator pitch – your story summed up your story in seven to ten mind blowing words?

Yes all those carefully crafted chapters reduced to a mere sentence!

Why? Imagine you are stuck in the lift with your dream publisher. You don’t want to bore the pants off them now do you?

  • Book blurb – suppose you are reading the back of a book you’ve picked up off the shelf – what makes you buy the book if it’s not always that front cover, is it the very important blurb on the back?

At the end of the day, if you are sending your work to a publishing house, and if, by any fabulous luck it is passed on to an editor, it must read well, or they will most likely think you lazy. Ask yourself this:

Who wants to work with lazy?

P.S. You are welcome to send me a message – I would be glad to try and answer any questions – and still waiting for response from publisher…

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