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Is there an industry term for a letter inquiring if a publisher is interested in a work?

The term you're looking for is "query letter." Reedsy gives several tips for writing one: https://blog.reedsy.com/guide/how-to-write-a-query-letter/query-letter-examples/
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After submitting a "complete" manuscript, what role does the author take?

This will vary by publisher, but you can expect some or all of this to happen: they will give you their word template (or equivalent) so you can tag/style paragraphs and the like according to their ...
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Is it unprofessional to criticize competing works in a cover letter?

Keep it Affirmative: I think Amadeus is fairly solid in the advise they give. I would add that your presentation of your book should center on why your book is great. So if you do criticize other ...
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Is it unprofessional to criticize competing works in a cover letter?

In this case I don't think it is unprofessional; the reason most textbooks are written is in response to complaints about existing textbooks, being out of date, being incorrect or being politically ...
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How to format those little blurbs at the start of chapters?

You must be talking about Epigraph. The formatting of epigrams varies widely. Refer to the relevant style guide for your publication. Broadly speaking, this guidance from an APA style editor, How to ...
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Copyright if I continue someone else's work

I am writing a book - continuing someone's book series. I'm sorry to say that you're already infringing copyright. You cannot publish books about other people's characters without their permission. ...
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Can I use abbreviations in a manuscript?

You can, and it might be OK, but I'd reframe the question by asking why you would want to do that. Does it add something to the manuscript? If you're writing in an intentionally less formal style, ...
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Do publishers and editors require a certain font for the manuscript?

First off, congratulations on finishing your manuscript. To answer your question, I'm going to quote an excellent writing book called The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman. He talks about a lot of ...
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What does working after under contract look like?

I would think that it always depends on the company. The best way is always to ask them about their expectations and what they would expect. This will cut down the following risks: If they do not ...
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I've written a raw manuscript; what are the next steps?

You have a solid platform, an existing audience, and you've already given out first copies of the book and had people read it and review it positively. You also have a track record of public speaking ...
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Should I write the 'after'?

Is what happens 'after' relevant to your story? If not, skip it. Your readers will fill the gap in their imagination. If necessary, summarize what happens 'after' in half a sentence at the beginning ...
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Best way to indicate section breaks in manuscript

The important thing about section breaks is that they stay in place, whatever anyone is doing with the file (converting it, copying its content, running scripts on it, and so on). An empty line isn't ...
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Should I write the 'after'?

If it helps, write it - and leave it out in the edits Sometimes, my stories have beautiful events, but it's awkward to infodump a bunch of details that aren't relevant to the narrow focus of the plot. ...
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Should I write the 'after'?

Writing what happens after is more like being at the movies with someone that can't keep their mouth shut about what happens next. I would suggest in this example that something else happens. You said ...
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Is there any standard format for the title page of a manuscript?

Did you know about the William Shunn Manuscript Format site? Here is the link: https://www.shunn.net/format/novel/ There are pages for novel and short story formatting. As you probably guessed, the ...
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How should I format chapters in my manuscript?

Looking at the 2 Beta requests I have right now, the chapter headings are bolded and centered before the main body. Honestly I could care less if the chapter heading was rainbow colored and Comic Sans,...
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How should I format chapters in my manuscript?

It's fine just to center them (on a new page). The beta readers aren't looking for fancy formatting.
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Can I use abbreviations in a manuscript?

In a manuscript, you generally don't want to use common abbreviations (i.e. 'w/' for with, 'add.' for additional, etc.) but it is okay to use abbreviations such as 'St.' for street. The main thing to ...
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