Step One of Submission

*this is not referring to any kind of S&M, so if you’re here looking for a how-to guide for sexual perversion, this isn’t it. I wish I could write an exciting and salacious post on how to rev up your sex life, but my days of swinging from the chandelier are behind me. *Tip if that’s your goal, I’d say call an electrician first. Make sure it won’t come crashing down since each of those damn kids added an extra ten pounds and totally messed up my BMI.

As I stated earlier, I’m using this to chronicle the process of becoming an author. So here goes:

WRITE A DAMN BOOK. I used my COVID-19 quarantine isolation to write a book. In fact, i wrote four. Yup, FOUR. Does that mean anything? Am i another Margaret Mitchell waiting in the wings? BTW, she wrote ‘Gone with the Wind.’ If you write a book, tip number one: use the right font. A good default is Times New Roman. That’s an industry standard, and should you choose to do anything more than read it yourself, a fancy font may look good to your eyes, but it won’t wash in the publishing world. You might say, hey, you’ve taken away my creativity. I chose that font for a reason.’ Good for you, but if your story needs a special font to sell it, maybe you need a better story that will look good in any font. Agents, authors, hired professionals, anyone other than yourself want Times New Roman. ( a good point to muse is ‘what does Times Old Roman’ look like, but that’s a topic for another day.) using this font will save you a lot of time otherwise you will have to convert your manuscript to Times New Roman.

Tip Number 2- become familiar with formatting a manuscript. As well as a preferred font, the industry also prefers all manuscripts to look the same. One thing I know for sure is it must be double spaced. It’s easier to read and leaves room for anyone to make notes. If you are submitting your book someplace special, make sure you understand what the requirements are for that submission. You don’t want your work disregarded on a technicality.

Tip number 3- go online to some free teach yourself grammar site. If once again you’re saying to yourself ‘geez, all these rules are really crushing my creative groove,’ too bad. If you want to write a book you must like words, and words need to make sense to tell a story. So a grammar review shouldn’t be too painful. The only reason not to do this is because you are too lazy.

Tip number 4- do the above before you even start writing.

Enjoy your Monday.

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