Dear Miss Snark:
My day job is transcription. When we are busy (which it has been ever since I was hired) I spend 10 to 12 hours on the computer every day, only taking time to cook dinner and kiss my spouse-creature hello when he gets home from work.
As you well know, every agent out there requires everything to be typed up in a specific way and frankly, I don't really do any writing on my computer any more. With all the computer work I do during the day, I simply cannot bring myself to write my novels on the computer. I write long hand with a special fountain pen that provides extremely fluid, stress free writing to my work-weary fingers and wrists. I figure this is better than never writing at all.
Have you any advice for someone like me who would love to become a published author but hand writes all her work? Are those days of sending in handwritten manuscripts gone with the wind? Is there any way to explain my predicament to an agent without sounding like I'm whining and begging for sympathy? Am I a hopeless nitwit in want of a clue gun smack upside the head?
I look forward to your answer. The pain will take my mind off the soreness of my digits. Must go sink them in ice now. Or maybe I should go soak my head.
The only people who get a pass on "must be typewritten" are the boys down at the city jail. Some of them even send in typed stuff via wives/girlfriends/clever poodles...the usual roster of amanuenses (and before you wave your Latin dic at me, that's the PLURAL form of amanuensis)
There are people who will type up your words for you. They are called typists. They'll charge you for it. Others are called sweethearts. They won't charge you for it, but you're better off paying for it up front rather than hashing it out in divorce court after you're rich and famous.
This is pretty much a non-negotiable condition these days. Someone has to type this up and I can tell you it's not going to be me. You can talk to Killer Yapp about it but he's in the amenuensis union and I think his rates include cigars, walkies, and no mention of squirrels in the book.