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I did a search and found these sites very interesting. Best of luck with your writing.  jt

There is no ‘standard’ format that all authors use for their letters. However, a query is a business document and, accordingly, it should look like a formal one-page business letter.

Keep the letter short. Think 300 to 400 words at the very most. Many agents field queries using their phones, so how will your letter look on a small screen? Does it give the impression of being a huge wall of text, or a disjointed series of singles sentences? Neither is desirable. Keep it concise, orderly, and organized.

Format  your query letter like a formal letter, using a traditional 11- or 12-point font (Courier or Times New Roman), single space paragraphs, and double space between each paragraph. Include the date, your name, address, phone number, and email.
More about writing a query letter, here:   

https://blog.reedsy.com/how-to-write-a-query-letter/


6 Tips for Submitting your Manuscript to Publishers


If you are considering submitting a manuscript for publication these tips will help you to achieve the success you are looking for and will reduce the chance of your work ending up in the rejection pile.

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Here are 6 very important Tips for Submitting Your Manuscript to Publishers:

1. Do your Research

Before submitting a manuscript to any publishing house you will first want to know:
•if they are currently accepting manuscript
•whether they accept unsolicited manuscripts (those submitted by authors, not agents)
•if your work fits with the content they are currently looking to publish
•what manuscript format they require
•their submissions policies

Once you have identified a specific publishing house to submit your work to you will be able to find all of this information under the “submissions” section of their websites.

If finding the right publisher/s for your work seems like a daunting task and you are unfamiliar with all the ones available to you, you can find them in the books below. These resources include all the information you will need in a way that is organized and complete. These are a must-have for every writer who is seriously seeking publication and they will save you lots of time and open up many new opportunities that you did not know even existed.

2. Network

Take the time to get to know other authors in your genre. This can be done by:
•joining writing groups
•visiting and participating in online writing communities and forums
•attending writing conferences
•participating in workshops in your community and online
•using social media such as Facebook or Twitter to connect with other writers

You will learn valuable information from other published authors. Their advice and connections may go a long way when it comes to getting your own work published. We have personally found that just as misery loves company, so does success! Once a person finds success in the publishing world, they cannot wait to share their advice, experience and joy and to help others obtain this same success! So if you have not done so already, reach out! You’ll be glad you did.

3. Format your Manuscript

Prior to submitting your manuscript to any publishing company, it is first necessary to make sure that it is formatted to their specifications. You can find their requirements on their websites. If there are no specific requirements listed you can be sure that the standard formatting is sufficient. When formatting your book make sure to adhere to the proper font, text size, margins, spacing, headers, footers and page numbers.

4. Submit it to Editing Services

You want to make sure that when you are submitting your manuscript to a publishing house it is as flawless as possible. It is very distracting for editors when they are reading a manuscript when typos, misspellings and grammatical errors keep popping out at them. To ensure you are sending a polished work, consider hiring an editing service to catch these errors so that they are not present to distract the editor and take away from the overall quality of your work.

5. Tailor your Cover Letter

Make sure that when you are submitting your cover letter you are addressing the person that will be reading your manuscript – this is not the place to write “To whom it may concern.” Take the time to show each individual publishing company that you know who they are, understand their needs and how your work specifically provides them with exactly what they are looking for.

6. Know the Standard Policies for Manuscript Submissions

More and more publishing companies are getting with the times and allowing for online submission of manuscripts, either directly through their website or through email. This saves time, money and paper. However other publishing companies still prefer (and require) the traditional method of using traditional mail. It is important to know which policy your publishing company of choice is using and to format your manuscript accordingly. You will be able to find out which policy they are using on their websites under their “submissions” sections.

To learn more about how to submit your manuscript, whether it is via the Internet or post office the following articles will provide you with what you need to be prepared to do either:

Standard Policies for Online Manuscript Submissions
https://thinkwritten.com/standard-policies-online-manuscript-submissions/

Standard Policies for Mailing in a Manuscript Submission
https://thinkwritten.com/standard-policies-mailing-manuscript-submission/

By using these 6 tips you will be able to find the appropriate publisher for your manuscript and tailor it to their requirements, setting you up for success and a real shot at being offered a contract.

https://thinkwritten.com/6-tips-for-submitting-your-manuscript/






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Re: Submitting Manuscript Without agent or sending query letter Agent
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2019, 11:53:40 PM »
Thank you so much for this useful info @heartsongjt   :)

Only curious, have you ever had a book published before?
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Re: Submitting Manuscript Without agent or sending query letter Agent
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2019, 09:40:05 AM »
Thank you so much for this useful info @heartsongjt   :)

Only curious, have you ever had a book published before?

You are welcome, pltrish.

No/and yes  :) This is my heartsong poetry diary.  http://heartsongsjt.com/ . Since, I decided long ago that my poetry would not be sold in my life time...I share my writings with the world through my personal site.

Best of luck with your writing.
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Re: Submitting Manuscript Without agent or sending query letter Agent
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2019, 11:28:47 PM »
@heartsongjt I love your work  :-*

I can tell you have a very kind, gentle soul with a creative heart. Keep up your lovely work, and I wish you all the very best in all your endeavors.

Have a fabulous start to your week!
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Re: Submitting Manuscript Without agent or sending query letter Agent
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2019, 11:47:48 PM »
Thank you.
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