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Title: Including pages in pb ms submission
Post by: chenee-m on June 07, 2021, 09:34 PM
Hi all,

When formatting a picture book manuscript for submission, should you include suggested page numbers/breaks?

I recently heard a well-established author say just to include the text without pages, as the publisher will have their own ideas on how it should be broken up. Is that the case?

I'm wanting to submit for Walker Wednesday and can't find any info like that in their submission guidelines.

Apologies if I'm asking something that has been covered many times in the past, but I haven't been able to find it on the past few pages of the board.

Thank you in advance!

 
Title: Re: Including pages in pb ms submission
Post by: StephCampisi on June 08, 2021, 06:00 AM
I never have, although I do use spacing to suggest page breaks. :)

Best of luck with Walker Wednesday!
Title: Re: Including pages in pb ms submission
Post by: Vijaya on June 08, 2021, 06:01 AM
:welcome Chenee. I only paginate if I'm asked to do so (I've worked with a few editors who like to see the possible layout from the beginning) but most prefer to see just the story without all the breaks. I don't know what Walker Wed is so I looked it up here: https://www.walkerbooks.com.au/News/News-Item-374  and it looks like they want a standard submission.  Good luck!
Title: Re: Including pages in pb ms submission
Post by: JulieM on June 08, 2021, 04:21 PM
Hi Chenee,
While some (only a few in my experience) publishers like to see proposed page breaks indicated, Walker Aust is a standard format. Harold Underdown recently shared a link to his website with the basic guidelines. Here it is https://www.underdown.org/manuscript-format.htm
Good luck with your sub, from a fellow subber (also in Aust).
Title: Re: Including pages in pb ms submission
Post by: chenee-m on June 09, 2021, 06:10 AM
Thanks for the advice everyone and good luck JulieM!
Title: Re: Including pages in pb ms submission
Post by: JulieM on June 09, 2021, 04:32 PM
Thanks for the advice everyone and good luck JulieM!

Thank you!