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is no longer accepting submissions. However, we may in the future. In the mean
time, there is still a lot of helpful advice for you on this Web site. See links
below and MANUSCRIPT
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES & ADVICE
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INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES & ADVICE
James Russell Publishing
If you are new to the publishing world the advice below will be of value to you,
including the links to other sites that will get you started. Please review the
following and visit our Web site for query letter drafting advice. See #14
for our Home Page link.
Tips for Authors. Do not send an
original. You must send a photocopy or computer printed copy. Do not use any
sort of binding unless otherwise instructed or
your book is already a bound version otherwise all pages must be loose. Expect
the manuscript to be not in perfect shape, if returned. They often are damaged from
shipping and handling of the manuscript, and we often mark the
pages with an ink pen inserting helpful advice. If your manuscript is
rejected, these notes can be helpful for you
to correct the errors. Many publishers will not do this, but we do, so you will know why a rejection occurred.
Make sure you do not send us an original! See #4 above. Note:
publishers must have manuscripts available on computer disk. You must own a
You must have a "completed" manuscript ready
for publication. If all you have is a great idea for a book and no product for us to
see, you are wasting time and effort. Few publishers will accept such submissions
from unknown writers. Best advice? Write the book, then submit the manuscript
to publishers. Send the manuscript in
separate unbound sheets, unless otherwise instructed. However, if you are an
experienced writer, you may submit your book "proposal." We do not
publish works for hire projects. We pay straight royalties. See #15.
The synopsis you send to us should be no more than one page. We don't need to know all of your
qualifications, so don't send us an exhaustive biography. We have many
prestigious persons with Ph.D. and Doctorate degrees contacting us. Great
credentials, but many have terrible book manuscripts. We want a good
book. We can't sell credentials. Best advice -- read books on how-to
write compelling stories for novels and books on basic communicative and technical writing
for how-to books.
Include an S.A.S.E. (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) with any
query mailed by the U.S. Postal Service to receive a response from us. See
#4. Include an S.A.S.E. for the manuscript, if we request you to send
and if you want the manuscript returned.
Never send a manuscript unless we specifically write you
to do. For legal reasons we can't read unsolicited manuscripts. Do not send
manuscript or query letters certified or registered mail. First Class, Special
standard or Priority mail is fine. If you
require a receipt, enclose a Self Addressed Postcard or two S.A.S.E.'s and we'll mail
it to you when the manuscript arrives to us. Save money, use the U.S.
Postal Service "Special Standard" (book rate) mail. The
extra speed using Priority or First-Class mail often does not speed up the process. Your manuscript must wait its turn to
be read. It can take from 30 to 90 days to evaluate. Never send manuscripts to
publishers or agents using FedEx, Airborne, UPS, or Airborne. It does not speed up
anything and can even serve to tip off an amateur submission is being delivered.
Mail manuscript on paper, not computer disk. Single
or double-spaced is fine. See:
Include S.A.S.E. if you need your manuscript
returned. If you do not want it returned, state so in your manuscript cover letter
and we will destroy the manuscript if we can't publish the book. The manuscript
cover letter is a letter you send along with your manuscript. It could be a single page synopsis. It is not a
query letter. There are books at the bookstore that explain the difference between
query letters, synopsis, outlines and cover
letters. You should read them! When shipping
your manuscript to a publisher or agent, you should use a cardboard box or bubble
envelope. For the manuscript S.A.S.E. you can use a smaller box or a Tyvek
or corrugated envelope. Never send those cushion envelopes stuffed with
fine paper fibers. When opened they make a terrible mess! Not a nice
way to make a good first impression. A source for shipping supplies is BrownCor
800-327-2278. Ask for a catalog. Using a large bubble envelope to mail the
manuscript, using a smaller bubble envelope for the S.A.S.E. is the economical. The
most economical of all is not to include an S.A.S.E. at all and just print another
manuscript when needed. You'll save money in postage and always be submitting a
fresh, clean manuscript.
Do not call. However, you may e-mail
us. Don't be overly eager, just contact
us on occasion. Monthly is fine. If you have important information you feel
we need to know about your book? Go ahead and e-mail
us. Whenever you contact us, make certain you mention the title of your book, as
that is how we categorize our files to find your book and other pertinent information.
Check your spelling and grammar in all your submission
materials. Be professional. Publishers and literary agents take seriously
writers who have a "finished " product ready for production. You should always have your manuscript professionally
edited before you send it to any agent or publisher. This will absolutely reduce
rejections and get your book published! Remember, when your book is reviewed by the
media that will determine if your book sells or not. Do not give the reviewer a
chance to rant and rave on the negative aspects of your book. You have invested many
hours writing your book. Invest in a proofreader to edit your book so it can be
published. To do less is to invite repeated rejection and failure. See #13 and
If you have an agent, you must inform us who they are
with full name and contact information in your query or
. We have posted on our Web site helpful tips on how to
write an effective query letter to agents/publishers, with a sample
query letter you can use as a basis. Improving your query letter is the best
investment you can make to sell your book.
. You do not need to be a fabulous writer to be
published. You don't need a college degree. What you do need is writing and
communication skills to have a great book. You can obtain these skills from
reading writing how-to books. We have books on our Web site for writers.
You can even hire a professional writer to rewrite your book. Ghostwriters are listed on Web sites and in
Writer's Digest Magazine. Many famous authors
use the services of ghostwriters, so should you. See #13.
. Read books similar to what you plan to write, so you
have an idea of how the writer communicated the subject matter. You could likely do
better. That's what you'll have to do in order to compete with other books much like
yours in the marketplace!
. Writer's Digest Book Club, listed in the Writer's
Digest Magazine, is a great way to obtain books at discount prices. http://www.writersdigest.com Here's
the subscription phone number 800-333-0133.
It won't hurt to first ask for a complimentary issue, so you can decide if you wish to
subscribe. Many magazines routinely send
a free sample issue to those who ask.
. We have plenty of
advice on our Web site, so make sure you visit and read all the pages of
advice. It will help you in a major way to get you started.
. We are not a vanity or subsidy press. We do not
co-publish books. You do not pay any fee to have
your book published.
We strongly advise you read the data we have
written on our Web site before you submit any
manuscript to a publisher or agent. You will discover valuable information to submit
professionally. The advice will save you much grief and enhance your standing with
publishers and agents. We also have links to books for
writers you will find to be of great interest and value to you.
If we publish
your book it will be published in paperback and in e-book form. Many publishers
still do not publish their books electronically.
. There are markets for your book you may have completely
overlooked. You may consider adapting your book into a stage play, screenplay, AV (audio video
script) or television script. See our Screen
& Stage Marketing Secrets book.
. Visit our Advice for
. Getting your book published is an arduous
process. There are many protocols to follow. Each publisher has their own
unique procedures that makes it ever more difficult for writers to meet so many variant
submission requirements. However, there is nothing that can be done to change
it. Many publishers won't even accept a query letter unless you have an agent.
Things are tough out there! These guidelines will help you submit your manuscript to
us; it is not valid for other publishers.
. Here's a tip. Often when writers write their
first manuscript, and it is repeatedly rejected, the writer gives up on it. What you
should do is keep improving the manuscript, adding chapters is one method, so the book
will now be more comprehensive. Of course, there are limits to size. Another
method you should consider is to pay to have your manuscript professionally
evaluated. This way you can correct the errors and resubmit the revised
version. Then again, sometimes it is best to set the thing aside and write your next
. Use this basic Submission Guideline for submitting
query letters to us. Once we read your query and we decide to evaluate your
manuscript we will send you a separate set of Submission Guidelines for the procedures to
use to mail your manuscript. A Release Form will be sent to you at that time.
. Most e-mail queries sent by authors to publishers and
agents are so defective many publishers and agents have given up and no longer
accept e-mail query letters. Odds are
very high your e-mail (and postal mail) query
letter is not up to industry standards. If this is true, in your case, you are going
about the entire process all wrong and you can expect many more rejections to be
forthcoming. We have a helpful page on our Web site to insure your query letter will
meet professional standards to stop query letter rejections! Follow the advice and
you will see a marked increase in acceptance letters to submit your manuscript! See
#10 for the link.
. You will certainly benefit from the advice in this
mailing and on our Web site, if you follow the
advice! Remember, professional submissions with professionally written query letters
is your best chance of ever getting your book published. They are the vehicles to
open doors! Having the best book manuscript in the world is quite useless if you
have an unprofessional and inferior query letter. Do not let your letter
destroy your opportunity to be published! The query letter is so important, that's
why we offer the advice for free -- to help you sell your book! And, of course, we
hope you will submit your query letter to us for consideration.
. If you sent us a queary
letter and you recieved this Submission Guidelines
& Advice mailing with no other explanation, please re-write your query letter and
resubmit it to us. Don't forgets to check you spelling!
(did you see the errors here?)
. Did you see the spelling and grammar errors in #25
above? Try to find them. Answers: Received should be;
received. Re-write should be; rewrite. Queary
should be; query. Forgets should be; forget. You should be; your. Avoid,
at all costs not to submit query letters with spelling errors. They trigger instant
rejections! When you visit our Web site, you
will learn more about submissions. We
all make mistakes, even editors and proofreaders. But you have to catch them before
you mail them! Do not rely on software spell-checkers!
They can't tell the difference between; there, their, they're. Print out your query
on paper and read it. Mysteriously, your eyes will miss many errors using the
. When you e-mail
publishers and agents are they ignoring your mail? They may not be. It could
be your e-mail address is defective!
Send and receive an e-mail to yourself, or a
friend, and "verify" that the mail gets delivered and is "returned" to
you. We receive dozens upon dozens of e-mails
with defective return addresses and we can't reply! It's a good idea to test
your e-mailing address often. Postal mail is still the most reliable method to use.
. Readers ask if these instructions can be used for
submitting screenplays to film, TV, theatrical agents and production
companies. No. The entertainment
industry has an entirely different procedure. Do not even try to commingle the
advice here to submit stage play, screenplays or television scripts. Visit our Web site for
screenwriting advice. This also applies to the sample query letter on our Web site for
book writers. The format is improper for theatrical submission. The sample
letter will only function for the book industry.
. Remember, if you hire a professional ghostwriter or editor to
rewrite your script and query letter the odds increase dramatically of getting your book
published. It is an investment, is tax deductible and essential for success.
. We do publish
e-books and paperback books. We have an e-book Question & Answer
page on our Web site. According to book publishing industry predictions 50% of all
books sold will be electronic in just a few years. The publishing industry is
moving fast converting books to e-format. Now is the time to consider having
your book published in the new electronic format. Click here to see our new e-book editions. If we do publish your e-book your book is
still printed as a paperback book using the Print on Demand system and available
to all markets throughout the world. This includes your paperback
version. Both versions will be published.
. We are also limiting
our book sizes due to market trends of smaller books. Technical books can be about
200 single-spaced pages. All other books, such as novels must come in at or above
110 single-spaced pages, but no more than 130 single-spaced pages. Screenplays 110
to 120 pages. Three-act stage plays approximately 130 up to 160 pages. Some
exceptions to the above are permissible depending on the book.
publish screenplay and stage play scripts.
See our Advice for Screenwriters page.
do not need a literary agent to be published, but they can open up many markets to
reach publishers. Here's a Web site to find
Again, if you want an agent to represent you have your manuscript professionally
edited before submitting it to them. If not, you will constantly be turned down for
representation. Writers who employ editors succeed. Those who don't, fail.
Paying for editing services is a wise investment and generates great success!
editing is expensive at $3 to $5 per page. Here's a firm that only charges $1
per page. This is a very reasonable price!
Here's another source for low cost editing Vilas Sawant. Click here on our Writing LInks for more editors. Note:
you should submit your manuscript single-space and still insist on the $1 per page rate.
Charging double-space text at $1 or more per page is not a good deal, even if other
professionals charge more per double-space page. Proofing and editing should not
cost $3 per page, unless the book is being totally rewritten by a Ghostwriter.
. Never send e-mail attachment files to any publisher or
agent. Due to virus risk they will not open the files.
. Our basic guidelines for submitting your query letter:
|Query by First Class mail. See a Sample
|Include S.A.S.E. with query.
|Do not call or fax. |
|If you e-mail a query to us, do not attach files to the e-mail.
Insert the query into the body of your e-mail message.|
|Do not send your manuscript unless we ask for it.
|Use Postal Service Special Standard Mail to deliver manuscript.|
|Make sure your manuscript has been professionally edited and is ready for
|Your manuscript should meet our page counts. See # 31.|
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