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Should I write the 'after'?

Alright, so I just finished a really beautiful scene in my manuscript that happened during an event. Let's say it was a party. So the beautiful scene happened rather in the beginning of the event, ...
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Best way to indicate section breaks in manuscript

I am preparing writing samples for a trade book proposal. My chapters have section breaks (usually to indicate passage of time). Is there a standard or best practice for how to graphically/...
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What does working after under contract look like?

I worked on a manuscript for many years. During that time, I was independent, so I could make changes and decisions, without documenting or informing or getting permission. I may soon be working to ...
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Is there an industry term for a letter inquiring if a publisher is interested in a work?

I finished writing a non-fiction manuscript and now need to find an appropriate publisher. There are no existing books in this particular niche, so it is challenging to find a publisher to fit. In the ...
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Copyright if I continue someone else's work

I am writing a book - continuing someone's book series. They were finished but I'd really like to see the other characters' lives. I need to quote (I wouldn't say really quote but let's call that ...
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Is there any standard format for the title page of a manuscript?

I'm finally ready to send my manuscript to the publisher. I'm wondering if there is any standard way to format the title page of the document. I'm including such details as my name, the working title, ...
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After submitting a "complete" manuscript, what role does the author take?

After many years of work, I'm ready to send the manuscript of my textbook to a university publisher. This is a very professional publisher, with a large team, who publishes dozens of books quarterly. ...
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Is it unprofessional to criticize competing works in a cover letter?

I am a few days away from sending in a manuscript for a textbook to a publisher. The publisher's site instructs prospective authors to attach a cover letter describing the work, including why the ...
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The history of italics for emphasis

For printed texts I understand that italics is often used for emphasis. For traditional handwriting, is/was it also a common practise to do the same? If not, what is the history behind this innovation ...
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How to format those little blurbs at the start of chapters?

At the start of each chapter in Dune there are quotes from Maudib and Fremen or Bene Gesserit sayings. There are similar epistolary entries at the start of Mist born. What is the proper term for them ...
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How should I format chapters in my manuscript?

I'm in my final stages of editing before I send my manuscript to beta readers. I'm wondering how I should format chapter titles. Do I put them as a header, or as a slightly larger, bolder font? (This ...
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Do publishers and editors require a certain font for the manuscript?

I was about to print my manuscript when a sudden thought occurred to me, do publishers require a certain font? I didn’t want to print out 50,000 words only to discover it was useless, that costs a lot ...
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I've written a raw manuscript; what are the next steps? [closed]

More than 10 years ago, I wrote two books for Manning Publications, a publisher of technical non-fiction books. I didn't need to search for a publisher, I was offered a book contract, first by O'...
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Can I use abbreviations in a manuscript?

When writing a book manuscript, what is the proper way to write something like Main Street? Is it OK to use Main St? If I use the abbreviation, is there a period after it?
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