6 Answered Questions for the topic submitting work
How much does imperfect grammar put off an agent?
I've written a novel and looking back the story line was good but the grammar wasn't great. I submitted the book to a few agents and received some constructive comments which I took on board. I... more
How to write a cover letter for The New Yorker fiction section?
What should a cover letter for a short story contain? Do I need to tell what is it about, try to "sell" it? Should I write about myself?
What should be in a cover letter for short story submission to a magazine?
It's been about five years since I last submitted any of my work for publication, and my memory of what I was taught then to put in my cover letter is getting rusty. What kind of information... more
How do I write a relevant CV for submitting a manuscript to a literary agent?
I am submitting a children's book to a potential agent whose submission process asks me to send this: >a covering letter in the body of the email, and a synopsis of the proposed book with the... more
What are the common editing requirements for a short story in an anthology?
What kind of responses will come back from an editor after a short story is accepted in an anthology? Specifically, is it common for a writer to hear that an accepted story has potential but needs... more
Submitting a novel for publication: do editors still expect Courier font?
About ten years ago an agent told me not to submit manuscripts in fonts other than Courier (or Courier New) and to double-space lines. He said editors were prejudiced against manuscripts that... more