List of every rule for subitting manuscripts

Is there a single web page that details all the rules for submitting manuscripts. I keep getting snippets from the blog (SASE, Double Spaced, etc) but it would be valuable to have all the rules in one place.

It's called Writers Market. It's a book. It's in the writing reference section of your library or bookstore. BUY a copy. You'll use it endlessly.


Anonymous said...

Dear Miss Snark:

I've just recently discovered your blog and I'm hooked! Thanks for all the words of wisdom.

I was looking through the archives and came across a comment by you, to the effect that 95% of all manuscripts out there are unpublishable.

What exactly does "unpublishable" mean?

Thanks in advance for your answer.

E. Ann Bardawill said...

What exactly does "unpublishable" mean?

It means the writing is very bad.

Manuscripts fit only to line the bottoms of bird cages.

Of undicriminating birds.

Who don't read.

Dhewco said...

Not necessarily, the writing can be quite good. But the idea or plot could be tired or overdone. Let's face it, a lot of new novelists don't understand that most plots have been done already. You have to be original in the way you treat it. It's your flare for things that makes a book publishable. IMHO.

Marlo said...

Traditional Manuscript Format

That's just a simple guideline. Most markets will divert in some way from the standard. That's why you always pick over every market's guidelines before submitting, to make sure you send exactly what they want, at this moment.

David said...

I've just written and published (self publishing) my first book (http://www.lulu.com/content/210923). I used Lulu.com since their cost was favorable and they seemed to take great detail in answering all the questions one might have. This is a POD publishing effort.
What is your opinion of this method?

Anonymous said...

Hey, david.

I wouldn't expect massive sales to follow, but if you're going down the POD route, I think lulu.com is a great choice--because it doesn't claim to be anything other than what it is (unlike PublishAmerica and its kindred).

On e big point in favor of lulu.com: that's where the great writing conspiracy "Travis Tea" decided to publish the infamous "Atlanta Nights" after the brilliant PublishAmerica sting operation. Since the Travis Tea folks are mostly members of an anti-scamming brigade, a POD company selected by them comes recommended.

Best of luck.