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Monday, November 30, 2009

Editor/Agent Expectations About A Completed Manuscript

There are a couple universal questions pre-published writers always ask:

1. How can I find out a publisher's submission requirements
2. I'm halfway done with my novel -- should I go ahead and submit a proposal?

Agent Terry Burns of Hartline Literary Agency ( ) addresses the changing nature of submission requirements in his blog. In the past, there has been a little more leeway as to whether or not your manuscript needed to be finished before you submitted a proposal. Granted, an editor or agent is usually going to require only 3 sample chapters or perhaps the first 50 pages, but they could also then request a full manuscript.

Mr. Burns recently surveyed industry professionals on this subject and you can view the results here:

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