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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition, 2nd Edition by Sara Paretsky, Hallie Ephron

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Chapter 28

Preparing the Final Manuscript

“When you send something in anything other than Times New Roman 12-point font, I immediately convert to that.”

—literary agent Janet Reid, a.k.a. Query Shark

You’ve done everything right. You created a worthy protagonist and wrote a terrific story. You’ve listened to criticism and revised. You’ve edited every chapter and polished the words so your prose is squeaky-clean. If your next step is to query agents or editors, you need to prepare a professional-looking, easy-to-read manuscript for submission.

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Today, most agents and editors accept manuscripts they’ve requested as e-mail attachments in a Word or ...

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