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    Manuscript or Proposal for first time writers?

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Ms-inquisitive, Jun 8, 2014.

    Hi there,

    Do you submit a Manuscript or a book Proposal when you are a first time writer? – I am reading mixed articles on this. Some strongly say Manuscript and others say only Proposal's.

    Any advice is appreciated.
     
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    I'm assuming you're talking about nonfiction, right? I don't think fiction requires proposals (they may require a synopsis, however).

    Either way, you still need a query letter. That's what you send to an agent/publisher before anything else. You don't want to send the whole manuscript unless the agent's/publisher's guidelines explicitly say to do so. Here's a good link that shows you how to write a query letter. Good luck, and let us know if you have any other questions.
     
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    For fiction, you don't even start contacting agents or publishers until you have what you think is a finished manuscript.

    Proposals are for non-fiction projects like textbooks.
     
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    and whether you're a first-timer, or not, only a query letter is sent... sample chapters or the full ms are submitted only if requested after the query has worked, or if required in the agent's/publishers query guidelines...

    and any other kind of non-fiction, including how-tos, self-helps, biographies; etc....
     

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