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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Considering your Book/Contest Submission

The contest has now ended and we will be reviewing and sorting the manuscripts, setting them up to be judged. Once we receive the results we will create the book and and announce the winner online.

For those of you that decided not to submit to the contest but would like to submit your manuscript to us (please give us a few months) or to another press, please consider the following before clipping the papers together and signing your name in the introductory letter.

1) Does it seem like a collection? Is it a unified vision?

2) What do you want it to look like? How does the text look and what about the cover?

3) What would your dream book look like? ...aside from having a "New York Times' Bestseller" label on the front cover.

4) What will separate your book from someone else's on the same shelf at the bookstore? (the answer is not, "my genius writing style and clever wordplay" although I'm sure it's true.) What would make someone pick your book up over another?

Please consider these things before putting that manuscript in the mail. It will give your book much more clarity whether you submit it to us or any other press. In the meantime, we'll keep you informed of the contest's whereabouts.

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