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Based on our current intelligence, it seems like AAR has stepped up to the plate and made an effort to keep their database regularly maintained and accurate. It simply offers one source for verifying potential credibility.

Writer's Digest Magazine

Read our Beware of Scammers page, and stay away from Ms. Questionable Agent—far, far away. This subscription includes search privileges to view their "recent sales" agent database. For example, Publishers Lunch tells you that Mr. Keep in mind, however, that Publishers Lunch only reports the news that agents and editors feed them, and not every agent on the planet feels compelled to report their sales to Publishers Lunch.

And by the way, our AQ database only lists a "snapshot" of an agent's sales history, both new deals and clients' books already published. We let Publishers Marketplace take care of databasing every single deal made by each specific agent. If you'd like to learn more about PublishersMarketplace. They often put out an A. B regarding specific names and organizations to avoid at all cost. You can also email Writer Beware to ask specifically about an agent or publisher, and they'll check the agent or publisher against their extensive database.

If Writer Beware shouts, "Stay away! A subscription to this magazine will keep you informed and in-the-loop, and we also recommend checking out their Tools for Writers. Writer's Digest Writer's Digest offers both a website and monthly print magazine that provides topical "digestible" information of interest to mainstream writers.

Their articles are generally geared towards the beginning to intermediate level writer, and often focus on the mechanics of good writing and selling one's self as a writer. If you're new to all of this, reading Writer's Digest is a great way to slowly immerse yourself into the world of publishing and its complex facets. If you're looking for an agent, we purusing their blog, Guide to Literary Agents. And you know it, baby, AQ made the short list.

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Nineth year in a row! Writing World This site offers solid nuts-and-bots advice to all writers of all genres. Fresh articles and columns are posted weekly, and there's simply a mind-boggling amount of how-to advice for the beginning writer, including A Step-by-Step Guide to Launching Your Writing Career and How to Write a Successful Query Letter as well as How to Find Markets for your writing, and Aspects of the Writing Life like rejection and writer's block.

And that's just for the newbies. It's a great place to poke around for the most current information regarding how to get an agent, agent submissions, as well as the state of the current pubishing industry. We offer a dedicated group just for Query Critiques and Synopsis Critiques as well as a Guppie Pond for all you newbies who have a question, but feel timid about publicly posting it. Whether you want to just lurk and learn, or become an active participating member, AQ Connect is fresh, informative, and free resource to educate yourself on all the aspects of professional publishing.

Absolute Write AbsoluteWrite has a huge, loyal fan base that is dominated by newbie writers and established authors who critique, gossip, and educate each other about the realities and pitfalls of the publishing industry. Their Beware and Background Check forum is moderated by several watchdogs who tirelessly work to educate newbie writers who fall prey to the most common of the agency and publishing scams.


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If not, just dive right in and start telling me about your novel. We care about Piper Lee right away because we know what she cares about, and this is key. This further demonstrates that her story is driven by strong character motivations—just as any good page-turner should be. Of course you think the book is thematically resonant and that readers will love it—you wrote it! So refrain from editorializing. If you sell your story well enough, agents will overlook small missteps.

When you query, be sure to include the stats of your manuscript genre, target audience, word count, etc.

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I have bookmarked your website as i really enjoy reading your posts.. Keep up the great writing. Hello, thank you very much for this great artical and explenation! I agree with you! You can be a great writer, but letter it can be a big problem for you! Your title page should list your contact information, the word count of your book, the title of your book, and your name.

Your manuscript's title page should have your name, address, phone number, and email address listed as five separate lines in the upper-left-hand corner of your title page. What is the best way to print, package, and mail my full manuscript?

Formatting Tips for Writers

That's about pages for a manuscript with 1 inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font, and K word count. Just in case you missed it the first time. We don't even like the idea of using those massive elastic rubber bands.

Yes, it does seem to defy logic, but that's how agents like their manuscripts. So buy a manuscript box from the Writers Store we've also heard you can find similar boxes from The Container Store or from Uline. It should fit snug and perfect. If not, you've written a monster manuscript, pages or more, and you, our fat, wordy AQ friend, are on your own in your quest to find the right manuscript box.

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But the "loose pages" rule still applies. Slip your box inside a self-sealing padded white envelope to protect it during its Middle Earth journey, and slide it inside a soft flat FedEx mailing bag. FedEx man can leave the package for Ms.