I have been working on a novel for the past year and a half. Sometimes I get stuck on it, but I think its important to write every day, so I have two short stories I also write on the side. I believe I completed one of them. I've rewritten it several times, had the final draft proofread by trusted individuals (and made the necessary corrections), and done a lot of searching on duotrope to find the places I wish to submit to. I'm trying to prepare my manuscript for submission and I know the chance of it being accepted is small, but I don't want to make it worse by doing this wrong. 1. How does submitting electronically differ from paper submission? Like, so far I've left out the double spacing because that seemed more like something you'd do with a physical copy rather than an electronic one. 2. Is there sites that you guys can give me that show me how to do this right? 3. I read several sites about what constitutes a cover letter, but was given no examples. How do I make a cover letter and can you give me some examples for it? And where do I put my pen name? 4. Can you link me to some examples of manuscripts submitted electronically? 5. Is a cover letter the same as a query letter? Because it sounds wrong, but a bunch of places I am researching at says that this is the case. Please help me. I'm such a mess worrying about this. This is very important to me. Don't make fun of me either because I can't know how to do this until I am told and I'm sorry in advance if I overlooked something. I will be researching other places and also this site.