Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript

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Writer's Digest Books, May 21, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 282 pages
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TO THE BOOKS EDITOR
Dear Editor,
My nick name is ASHA17, however my real name is Anastasia Shmaryan, I am writing in regards to submit my manuscript, and in order for you to learn about the inside of the story that I worked on, which has taken me for about two years. Moreover the genre of thus manuscript is a non-fictional within mixture
of a travel story,as well.
My manuscript is based on a true story, which happened with my family and me in the end of 1980s. Furthermore about this story:its tells about divorce, and consequences that effects first of all the most vulnerable, who befall to - are children. In addition the environmental disaster with its global effect that occurred in Chernobyl - took its toll and forced the main characters to flee their country of birth without proper documents, money - as refugees, as 'Transit Passengers'. During these wanderings and journey around Europe following by the Globe these main stars of the story have been forced to exist in cold,hunger in addition to all those hardships life threatening endanger to their life and freedom. But they overcome all those only because the main character are naive people, who have arrived from a Provincial Town and they met the foreign life with innocently with humble. After arriving in a strange faraway foreign country the family, and especially the main star of the story by the name of EGOR than start to build a new life from a scratch by overcoming once again many obstacles in a bid to learn a new language and settle in within there. The culmination of that story is: that main star EGOR is flying back to Europe in a bid to reconcile with his Dad and the rest of he's family, whom he left behind over 17 years ago.
Thus I would like to take the opportunity to inquire whether its possible for you to learn more about the inside of that story, which currently titled: 'THE TRANSIT PASSENGER'. You will find by reading it that manuscript is mostly written in English,nonetheless some of the dialogues and are in diverse languages.
In addition I am willing to stress that my story shall interest a broad range of people with diverse communities, in particular these, who one one or another got through migration procedure, or at least travelled to a foreign country around the world. I truly believe that this story 'THE TRANSIT PASSENGER' most probably will find a huge range of readers around the world. at last, but not at least I shall be honored if you, or Publisher willing to translate this story into other languages in order for their people also to be able reading about that fascinating, but in some parts sad story, about the collapse of former USSR and Chernobyl disaster, which struck in April of 1986, that my main personages got caught in the middle. Thereby, apart from English I also speak Russian, Ukrainian, conversational German and Italian.
At close I would like to apply to your attention that its my first experience within writing a manuscript, however, in the past I had written poems and essays in Russian, besides short stories within.
Thank you in advance for your time and I hope to hear from you, as soon as possible.
My contact details: Mob. phone: +61401359498 in Sydney, Australia.
Address: 11 Mulwaree ave, apt.8, Randwick, N.S.W., Sydney. 2031. AUSTRALIA
Yours Sincerely,
Anastasia SHMARYAN
 

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Contents

NONFICTION
3
ARTICLES
4
Electronic Queries
11
Fax Queries
15
FollowUp and Update Letters
16
Letter Offering Reprint Rights
20
Reply Postcard
23
The Article
25
The Novel Manuscript
142
Manuscript Pages
143
Cover Letter
144
Title Page
146
Reply Postcard
150
Acknowledgments Page
151
Dedication Page
154
Foreword
156

Electronic Cover Letter
26
Article Manuscript
28
Sidebars
32
Electronic Article Manuscripts
36
Submitting Photos and Graphics With Your Article
40
Submitting Information Graphic Material With Your Article
42
BOOKS
44
Electronic Query Letter to an Editor or Agent
46
Query to Book Editor
49
Book Proposals
52
Cover Letter
54
Overview
59
Marketing Analysis
61
Competitive Analysis
63
Author Information
65
Chapter Outline
67
Sample Chapters
69
Attachments
71
Book Manuscript
73
Electronic Book Manuscript
74
Front Matter
79
Table of Contents
80
Dedications Epigraphs and Inscriptions
82
Preface Prologue and Acknowledgments
85
Back Matter
87
SHORT AND SPECIALIZED PIECES
92
Columns and OpEds
95
Personal Essays
97
Radio and TV Commentaries
99
FICTION
101
SHORT STORIES
102
Cover Letter
104
Electronic Cover Letter
105
Reply Postcards
108
Short Story Manuscript
109
NOVELS
113
Query Letter to Agent or Publisher
114
Electronic Query Letter to an Agent or Publisher
116
Cover Letter
122
Electronic Cover Letter
123
Cover Page
125
Table of Contents
127
Synopsis
129
Electronic Synopsis
130
Outline
134
Electronic Outline
135
Author Biography
138
Endorsements Page
140
ROMANCE
158
Romance Novel Query
159
MYSTERY
162
Mystery Query
163
SCIENCE FICTIONFANTASYHORROR
166
Horror
168
COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS
172
CHILDRENS WRITING
176
PICTURE BOOKS
177
Query Letter and Manuscript
178
MIDGRADE YOUNG ADULT BOOKS
182
CHILDRENS MAGAZINES
186
Automatic Formatting Software Programs for Scriptwriters and Playwrights
191
THE SCREENPLAY
194
Title Page
199
Submitting Your Screenplay to an Agent or Production Company
204
The Query Letter
206
Electronic Query Letter
207
Submitting Your Script
210
Electronic Script Submissions
213
TV SCRIPTS
216
The Query Letter
218
Electronic Query Letter
219
Sitcoms
222
Electronic Sitcom Script Submissions
227
Title Page
230
The OneHour Episodic Drama
232
Electronic OneHour Episodic Drama Script Submissions
236
Title Page
239
Soaps
241
Electronic Soap Script Submissions
242
Television Movies
244
Electronic Television Movie Script Submissions
245
THE AUDIOVIDEO SCRIPT
247
THE PLAY SCRIPT
250
The Title Page
251
Act and Scene Breakdown Page
253
The Setting Page
256
The Script Pages
258
Once Your Play Is Finished
260
VERSE
261
POETRY
262
Poem Submission
266
Electronic Poem Submission
267
GREETING CARDS
269
Record Keeping and Forms
272
INDEX
278
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Cynthia Laufenberg is a freelance writer and editor and former managing editor at Writer's Digest Books. She lives in Narberth, Pennsylvania.

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