How to Submit Your Manuscript to a Publisher

An author is always at sea when it comes to submissions. Publisher guidelines seldom help! Here you go –

  1. Is your book complete?
  2. Are the chapters indexed and page numbered?
  3. Use standard fonts and word processing programmes. Most people have access to MS Word.
  4. The book should be thoroughly edited by you. This means taking a good break and returning to it at least once before submitting it. Refer to our editing guide on self-editing your book. It is also a good idea to run it by honest readers before you edit it one last time.
  5. The book must be proof-read by you and your trusted batch of friends.
  6. Once the manuscript is ready, work on the add-ons. Write the synopses. Notice synopses, not synopsis. What’s the story of your book in two lines? In one page? And if someone asks for it, what’s the detailed story in under ten pages? Condensing your own story is not just important for pitching, but also as an introspective exercise – do you even have a story? It is an incredible idea to create the synopsis somewhere in middle of writing the book. It gives you structure and allays your doubts.
  7. Write you bio. Crisp. In third person. Fact based. Pertinent to your writing. Is there something unique about you? If not, don’t invent. Let your writing speak for your.
  8. Work on the book’s title. Run it by your target audience. Do they find it compelling? Do you?
  9. Here is the last and the most important part. Emailing the manuscript.
    1. Subject: Manuscript Submission titled by
    2. Write a personalized mail to the publisher, beginning with your two-line synopsis. Mention the, word count, genre, etc. If there are any fun facts associated to the book, do mention those. Anything to hook the publisher’s attention. Lastly, dedicate a small paragraph explaining why you prefer this publisher in particular.
    3. Now separately attach the FIRST three chapters, one page synopsis and your bio. If you have a marketing plan, attach that too.
  10. Send emails to each publisher separately. Isn’t that a no-brainer?