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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Is My Manuscript Ready to Submit?

I’m continuing with the series, Is My Manuscript Ready to Submit?
Check for active verbs. Is, are, was, were and such don’t create an image in the mind’s eye. However, scat, scram, climb, swing, jump, and skip paint pictures with words. The more vivid the pictures we create with our manuscripts, the more the reader “sees” and understands the action-packed world we present.
Does the character display emotional depth? Characters should not be totally good or bad; instead, they should reflect real people who have flaws.
How believable is the dialog? Dialog should help develop the character, move the plot forward, or provide information. It’s important that dialog sound real but should not contain large chunks of information. Offer information in small bits and pieces. Dialog should flow and be believable. He said/she said work best for dialog tags.
Do the characters sound alike? Each character should have a unique voice.
Is the pacing too slow? Move the story forward at a pace that will keep the reader engaged.
Does the ending have a surprise or twist that is unexpected?
Check the spelling, grammar, point of view, and formatting.
After a series of revisions and when my manuscript meets all these points, I select 3-5 publishers and ship it out.
Call for submissions for Young Writers:
Canvas. We are seeking writers ages 13-18 to submit:
 Fiction – Please limit submissions to 5,000 words.
Novel Excerpts - Novel and memoir excerpts are acceptable if self-contained (work as a complete narrative).
Poetry – You may submit more than one poem, but please do not exceed 5 pages worth of poetry.
Plays - Please follow standard play format. Limit to 10 pages.
Nonfiction – Essays, memoir, creative nonfiction. Please limit submissions to 5,000 words.  

New Media – Video, images, etc fine for website. But must be accompanied by written version to be considered for print and eBook.

Cross-genre - Experimental work (prose poems, art and writing, fiction and nonfiction hybrids) are highly encouraged, but please keep to the word limit for fiction.
Submission guidelines at 

Call for Submissions for Adult Writers:
APPLESEEDS explores a single topic with insightful articles, cool photographs, and a unique you-are-there perspective on culture, history, inventions, the lives of children around the world, and much more. A perfect gift for any young reader ages 7 to 10 looking for an adventure magazine that explores all the great things about our world!

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