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Writing FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about the writing profession

This FAQ about writing was compiled and written by Chatley Green wcgreen@cris.com with numerous contributions by others.

-1. What format should I use for my manuscript? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
Preface:
-1.1 What font should I use? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
A manuscript is not an opportunity to show off ...
-1.2 What about photocopies? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
If you submit a photocopy, make sure it's clean ...
-1.3 How should I format the first page and following pages? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
First page header:...
-1.4 How should I indicate that the last page of my manuscript is the last page? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
It may also be a good idea to put an end of ...
-1.5 How much of my manuscript should I include? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
Research the rules of the market you're ...
-1.6 How do I format a picture book? What about illustrations? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
Children's picture books are normally assembled ...
-1.7 How should I format a poetry submission? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
According to the _Writer's Market, 1997 edition,...
-1.8 How do I count the number of words in my manuscript? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
Start at the beginning. Point at the first word ...
-1.9 What are the standard word counts for novels, short stories, et cetera? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
-1.10 What is the best length for a chapter? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
It depends. Although chapters of a standard ...
-2.0 Does posting my manuscript ruin its chances for publication? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
If you post a piece of writing to a ...
-3.0 How do I use a pen name? Is it the same as a pseudonym? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
Pseudonym means false name (from the Greek ...
-3.1 Do I have to use a pen name? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
No--unless your name is identical or similar to ...
-3.2 Can I register a pen name so no one else can use it? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
There is no clearinghouse for pseudonyms. No ...
-4.0 What about copyrights? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
*Nota bene*...
-5.0 How do I find a market for my manuscript? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
Go to the library and read the current _Writer'...
-6.0 How do I submit my manuscript? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
Insert your manuscript into an envelope that is ...
-6.1.1 What is a cover letter? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
A cover letter introduces you and your work to ...
-6.1.2 When should I use a cover letter? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
Use a cover letter if the work was requested by ...
-6.2 What about simultaneous submissions? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
One line of thought: Don't. Yes, editors ...
-6.3.1 What is a query letter? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
A query letter sells your article, novel, ...
-6.3.2 What makes a good query letter? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
First of all--the correct editor's name. ...
-6.3.3 Where can I look at some query letters? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
1. Any editor's desk ...
-7.0 Is there a correct format for referencing material from the Web, Gopher, FTP, Usenet, e-mail, other Internet source? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
Like everything that concerns computing and ...
-8.0 What is a vanity or subsidy publisher? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
You pay a vanity publisher to turn your ...
-8.1 Are vanity/subsidy publishers legitimate? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
It depends. If all you want is your book printed ...
-9.0 Do I need an agent? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
Markets that only accept submissions through agents:...
-9.1 How do I get an agent? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
The easiest method: Sell your book to a publisher....
-9.2 How much do agents cost? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
Agents should not charge authors up-front fees ...
-10.0 What professional groups are useful for writers?
That depends on the writer's goals, needs, and desires. Some ...
-10.1.1 Australia Council (Professional groups for writers)
Australia's national arts body; covers grants, cultural exchange,...
-10.1.2 Australian Writers' Centres
These are community centres that provide advice and services ...
-10.1.3 Australian Booksellers Association
Suite 4, 21 Drummond ...
-10.2 Canada (Professional groups for writers)
10.2.1 Canadian Authors ...
-10.2 Canada p2 (Professional groups for writers)
10.2.5 League of Canadian ...
-10.2 Canada p3 (Professional groups for writers)
10.2.9 Playwrights Union of ...
-10.3.1 The Writer's Guild of Great Britain
430 Edgware ...
-10.3.2 The Authors' LIcensing and Collecting Society
Marlborough Court, 14-18 ...
-10.3.5 Scotland (from the Writer's Guild of Great Britain WWW site) (Professional groups for writers)
10.3.5.1 Scottish Arts ...
-10.4 New Zealand Society of Authors (Professional groups for writers)
(PEN NZ Inc)...
-10.5 United States of America (Professional groups for writers)
10.5.1 American PEN:...
-10.5.3 The Authors Guild
330 West 42nd ...
-10.5.4 Writers Guild of America
Writers Guild of America, ...
-10.5.5 SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators)
345 North Maple Drive, Suite ...
-10.5.6 North Carolina Writers' Network
PO Box
-10.5.7 Mystery Writers of America
236 W. 27th St....
-10.5.8 Romance Writers of America
13700 Veterans Memorial Drive Suite ...
-10.5.9 Horror Writer Association
WWW: http://www.horror.org/...
-10.5.11 Society for Technical Communication
901 N Stuart St., Ste. ...
-11.0 On-line groups - Usenet (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
Are there any on-line groups? (misc.writing Writing FAQ)...
-11.0 On-line groups - Listserv (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
11.4 Listserv: The Fiction Writers ...
-11.8 Critters Writers' Workshop (On-line groups - misc.writing Writing FAQ)
http://www.critters.org From the Critters Web Page: Critters is ...
-11.0 On-line groups - WWW Page (misc.writing Writing FAQ)
11.9 WWW Page: Miholer's Screenwriting ...









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