Sunday, January 29, 2012

Workshop: Professional Manuscript Formatting: Make It Easy For Editors To Say Yes

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The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA Presents

Professional Manuscript Formatting: Make It Easy For Editors To Say Yes -- Presented by Lauri Blasch

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Have you’ve ever had a submission package rejected and honestly not known why? If your query letter, synopsis, and manuscript were polished and in really excellent shape, the culprit could be your formatting, not your story. Is formatting really that important, you ask. As an editor, I can tell you it is that important. In a normal week, editors and agents get hundreds if not thousands of manuscripts to slog through. Bad formatting makes them harder to read, which means it takes us longer. If the formatting makes your submission package too difficult to read, most editors and agents will simply reject it and move on to the next submission package in line. Many a good story has been rejected, not because it wouldn’t sell, but because the formatting made it too much trouble to read. Don’t let this happen to your story. Learn how to turn in a professional submission package that will showcase your work in the best light. In this class, we will discuss how to interpret a publisher’s submission guidelines, the dos and don’ts of basic formatting as well as the not-so-basic formatting, what you should and shouldn’t include in your submission package, and much more.

When: February 6, 2012 through February 26, 2012

The cost is $20.00 for FFnP members and $25.00 for non-FFnP members. Payment is due at the time of registration. Refunds / credits are determined on a case by case basis. If a class should be canceled, then participants have a choice of a credit to be applied to a future workshop or a refund.

This workshop will be conducted via a Yahoo! email loop. Email invitations will be sent 48 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop. Just register for the workshop and complete the payment process via PayPal.

Speaker Information:          
Lauri Blasch has been a professional editor for over ten years, first as a freelance editor then as a non-fiction, technical writing editor and now as an acquiring editor for Black Opal Books. She has a BA in special education and taught disabled as well as gifted children for a number of years before switching to a less-stressful career. She loves working with authors, especially with new authors because they are so willing to learn. She’s a single mother of four pre-teen children. When not working or tending her children, she takes night classes at the local community college, working toward her masters in education.

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