Learn about copyrights by following the link in the heading.
Use this link to view a sample query letter a writer might send to a publisher.
Our apologies, but the original Permissions page was lost when transferring the site from its old home. Use this link to gain permission for material included in a manuscript that a writer might send to a publisher.
Learn how to write a proposal that a non-fiction writer might send to a publisher. Use this link to view a successful book proposal, RISING TO THE LOCUTION, which may prove useful as a model. 8/25/10: You may have to scroll down the page to see it. The book eventually sold as Spunk and Bite.
Perhaps the best example of a synopsis is one that resulted in publication. Preditors & Editors suggests that you click on this link to see an example of a successful synopsis. Note: if any writer is willing to share another successful example, P&E will gladly display it so other writers can gain a better feel for what works.
Here are some formats used when sending a manuscript to a publisher. Click on the link in the heading to read about them
Here is what a screenplay format should look like courtesy of The Little Read Writer's Hood. 12/2/05: A writer reports this link is inactive. According to other sources, this format might be for a stage play only. There are other formats in use for screenplays, so please be certain that you use the right format for your submission. Otherwise, you could be wasting your time and effort. Our thanks to John Cullen for pointing this out.
Another writer informs us that Drew's Script-o-rama displays a wide selection of "produced screenplays -- most exhibiting proper format."
Use this link to view a sample cover letter a writer might send with his manuscript to a publisher.
Use this link to view a suggested checklist for submitting manuscripts to publishers.
Here are ways of tracking your submissions. Click on the method to view it.
Almost every writer faces a rejection sooner or later. However, many don't know what it truly means. Click on the heading to find out.
Click on the heading to view a sample inquiry to model your own letter on when you need to learn the status of a submission that's overdue.
Click on the heading to view a sample author's biography to model your letter on when you're asked to submit one to be published with your accepted work. Our thanks to Jerry McConnell for suggesting we add this feature.
Click on the heading to view a sample contract between an author and an agent. It's a good starting point in understanding literary rights. It's accompanied by excellent advice in the text description. There is more than one contract now featured there so be sure to read carefully to find the one that applies to your situation.
Now let's talk about P&E's own submission guidelines: