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Hi! I wrote a nonfiction manuscript geared toward helping teens and young adults navigate their career & academic journeys. I am preparing my proposal to submit to publishers, but am not sure what exactly to include in my sample chapters. My book is very interactive and includes lots of activity pages, relevant statistics, and text boxes with helpful tips which I included within the text of the original manuscript. I spent a ton of time incorporating these elements into the manuscript.

Can I include these activity pages and text boxes, etc. in the sample chapters of the proposal, or should I include them in a separate document and just refer to them in the text? Some publishers specify whether to include this sort of info. but most do not.

Thanks in advance for your feedback!

#1 - September 02, 2018, 05:02 PM

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I would certainly include them--they should be part of your manuscript anyway.  Include them in the sample chapters you send, placed more or less where they would appear in a finished book, set off by lines of asterisks or by text in brackets:

[begin sidebar]

[end sidebar]

(Or whatever you want to call the specific feature.)
#2 - September 02, 2018, 06:31 PM
Harold Underdown

The Purple Crayon, a children's book editor's site:


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