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Submission - Picture Book
« on: June 10, 2014, 09:08 AM »
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So in my research on submissions, I'm seeing all sorts of variants in opinion on manuscript format.  So I'm wondering what to do. 
I'm looking for the accurate format to submit an EMAIL manuscript (and query for that matter and yes, the submission guidelines indicate email)....

The p. 10 of From Keyboard to the Printed Page in SCBWI's The Book indicates double spacing but I know people have told me (from critique groups maybe??) that this is no longer the case???  Are they wrong?  Are picture books different??  Also, for picture books, should the number of words be in the top right hand corner of the first page?

Maybe someone can give me a good source that addresses picture books specifically and email submissions??

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Re: Submission - Picture Book
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2014, 10:57 AM »
You didn't say whether you're attaching it or pasting it into an email. If you're attaching it, do it the way they suggest in From Keyboard. If you're pasting it, just do what makes sense. There really aren't any rules. Single spacing is fine and just put the word count wherever it's convenient, maybe under your heading at the top. They can do a quick word count themselves or reformat it to double spacing. Here's how I do it (and yes I've sold a few):


Date

Name
Address
Address

Picture book submission (title: word count)

Salutation:

Single spaced manuscript.
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Re: Submission - Picture Book
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2014, 05:35 PM »
The submission guidelines say to send as a single Word attachment with a brief cover letter in the body... and to format as an ordinary manuscript (so....  that means double space, correct?  and do I put in page numbers??  It says do not break it into pages??  But if I send as attachment , wouldn't it be in pages or do they mean don't break it down into the pages it would be in a published book??)
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Re: Submission - Picture Book
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2014, 05:58 PM »
Yes, have the attachment double spaced. Page numbers would be fine, and wouldn't be a deal breaker if they were there/not there (but I appreciate that you want to do the best that you can).
Yes, they mean don't break it down into the pages it would be as a published book.
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Re: Submission - Picture Book
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2014, 07:38 PM »
The first page should look like this:



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Not a picture book, but it's the right format.
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Re: Submission - Picture Book
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2014, 08:00 PM »
Thanks, Betsy!
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Re: Submission - Picture Book
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2014, 12:23 PM »
Thank you so much!  Getting brave...might send it today!
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