Submission Guidelines

If you registered for one or more pre-conference edits by a freelance editor(s):You will submit the following no later than August 4, 2021 via email to Atlanta Writers Conference Director George Weinstein at awconference@gmail.com:

(a) For fiction and memoir, you will submit a 1-page query letter, 1-page synopsis, and the first 19 pages of your manuscript, totaling 21 pages, in a single MS Word document (put the query letter on page 1, synopsis on page 2, and the manuscript sample on pages 3-21);


(b) For nonfiction other than memoir, you will submit a book proposal of up to 21 pages (including a query letter on page 1) in a single MS Word document; or

(c) For picture books, you will submit a query letter along with an electronic copy of the entire picture book, with illustrations if available. ​

Note that, although the deadline is August 4, the sooner you submit your work, the sooner you’ll receive feedback and the more time you’ll have to incorporate it if you’re also doing the manuscript critique and/or pitch.

​ADDITIONAL FORMATTING GUIDANCE:

– On the query letter, be sure to include the genre and the word count, and address the letter to the agent/editor you selected if you also registered for a manuscript critique. If you did not, you can address the query to an agent/editor you have in mind for a future query. (The freelancer’s job is to help you improve your submission, so she doesn’t expect you to address the query to her.)

– Please put your name and book title in the header on every page and number the pages in the header or footer (does not apply to the query letter, if your submission includes this as page 1).

– Always use double spacing of the manuscript or book proposal; the query letter and synopsis can be single spaced.- Put 1-inch margins on the top and bottom and both sides.

– Use Times New Roman or Courier New font.

– Use 12-pt. font

– Indent the first line of each paragraph and don’t include extra space between paragraphs. Also, don’t hit Enter key at the end of each line to move the cursor back to the left side of the page–this isn’t a typewriter; any word processing software will do this automatically.

– End your manuscript sample on a complete sentence, even if this means having an additional page with the remainder of that sentence.

For tips on writing a query letter and synopsis, here are a few starting points:

https://nybookeditors.com/2015/12/how-to-write-a-darn-good-query-letter/

http://www.agentquery.com/writer_hq.aspxhttps://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/2016/05/the-secret-to-writing-a-successful-query-letter/

http://www.caroclarke.com/synopsis.htmlhttp://www.writersdigest.com/editors-picks/learn-how-to-write-a-synopsis-like-a-pro

For a nonfiction book proposal, start here:

http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-genre/nonfiction-by-writing-genre/how-to-write-a-book-proposal

https://www.writersdigest.com/book-proposalshttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/10/nonfiction-book-proposal_n_3569043.html

These certainly aren’t the only resources, but they’ll give you a good start as well as point you to other resources. Within about three weeks of the submission deadline, the freelance editor will send a written critique of your pages to me, and I will forward this to you, along with the editor’s contact information. If you have questions about the editor’s comments, you may contact the editor directly. If you would like the editor to review additional pages of your manuscript, please contact the editor directly to arrange this private contract; this is outside the purview and control of the Atlanta Writers Conference. Also, please note that, because this is an online activity that takes place months before the conference dates, there are no in-person activities associated with the pre-conference edit during the scheduled days of the conference and there will not be a call with the freelance editor you selected. This activity will be via email only.

If you registered for one or more manuscript critiques:

You will submit the following no later than October 4, 2021 via email to Atlanta Writers Conference Director George Weinstein at awconference@gmail.com:

(a) For fiction and memoir, you will submit a 1-page query letter, a 1-page synopsis, and the first 19 pages of your manuscript, totaling 21 pages, in a single MS Word document (put the query letter on page 1, the synopsis on page 2, and the manuscript sample on pages 3-21);

(b) For nonfiction other than memoir, you will submit a book proposal of up to 21 pages (including a query letter on page 1) in a single MS Word document; or

(c) For picture books, you will submit a query letter along with an electronic copy of the entire picture book, with illustrations if available.

If you registered for more than one manuscript critique, you will submit a separate file for each. Please follow the directions above and below for your second critique document as well. Put the name of the agent/editor you picked on each file so there will be no confusion about who gets which file when I forward them to the agents/editors.

You will receive the agent(s) and/or acquisitions editor(s)’s feedback a day or two prior to the conference, and they will go over their comments and suggestions with you on November 6, 2021 in a scheduled, one-on-one meeting (in-person at the Westin; unless you’ve alerted me in advance that you can’t travel and need the agent/editor(s) to call you).

ADDITIONAL FORMATTING GUIDANCE:

– On the query letter, be sure to include the genre and the word count, and address the letter to the agent/editor you selected.

– Please put your name and book title in the header on every page and number the pages in the header or footer (does not apply to the query letter, if your submission includes this as page 1).

– Always use double spacing of the manuscript or book proposal; the query letter and synopsis can be single spaced.- Put 1-inch margins on the top and bottom and both sides.

– Use Times New Roman or Courier New font.- Use 12-pt. font.

– Indent the first line of each paragraph and don’t include extra space between paragraphs. Also, don’t hit Enter key at the end of each line to move the cursor back to the left side of the page–this isn’t a typewriter; any word processing software will do this automatically.

– End your manuscript sample on a complete sentence, even if this means having an additional page with the remainder of that sentence.

For tips on writing a query letter and synopsis, here are a few starting points:

https://nybookeditors.com/2015/12/how-to-write-a-darn-good-query-letter/

http://www.agentquery.com/writer_hq.aspxhttps://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/2016/05/the-secret-to-writing-a-successful-query-letter/

http://www.caroclarke.com/synopsis.htmlhttp://www.writersdigest.com/editors-picks/learn-how-to-write-a-synopsis-like-a-pro

For a nonfiction book proposal, start here:

http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-genre/nonfiction-by-writing-genre/how-to-write-a-book-proposal

https://www.writersdigest.com/book-proposalshttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/10/nonfiction-book-proposal_n_3569043.html

These certainly aren’t the only resources, but they’ll give you a good start as well as point you to other resources.

NOTE:

If you registered for a manuscript critique waitlist, please don’t submit any materials unless a spot opens for you due to another participant’s cancellation. You’ll be informed by email immediately if this happens so you can claim the spot and pay. Then, you’ll submit your file per the above instructions and deadline.​


If you registered for one or more pitches:

You will NOT submit anything in advance as was necessary during the COVID-related virtual conferences. Instead, you will bring 2 copies of your query letter to the Westin on November 6, 2021 so the agent(s) and/or editors(s) can review it before your meeting with that individual (the second copy is for you to take notes).

If you’ve alerted me in advance that you can’t travel and need the agent/editor(s) to call you, be sure to send me your query letter file for each of them by November 1, 2021 so I can provide it to them prior to their call to you. This will be a strictly verbal exchange–you won’t received any comments from them in writing. If you are also registered for the Friday query letter critique, you can send me a replacement query letter(s) by 11:59 pm on November 5 for your pitch call(s) the next day.

In either case, the agent/editor(s) will read your query letter ahead of their meeting/call with you so you won’t have to recite a memorized spiel introducing them to your book. The query letter does that for you. Instead, you can have an actual conversation, discussing their reactions to your query letter, answering their questions, and asking questions of your own to determine whether they want to receive your partial/full manuscript.

FORMATTING:

– Address the letter to the agent/editor

– Use single spacing

– Put 1-inch margins on the top and bottom and both sides

– Use Times New Roman or Courier New font

– Use 12-pt. font

For tips on writing a query letter, here are a few starting points:

For fiction and nonfiction:

https://nybookeditors.com/2015/12/how-to-write-a-darn-good-query-letter/

http://www.agentquery.com/writer_hq.aspx

https://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/2016/05/the-secret-to-writing-a-successful-query-letter/

For nonfiction:

http://writenonfictionnow.com/how-to-write-a-query-letter-for-a-nonfiction-book/

If you registered for one or more query letter critiques:

You will NOT submit anything in advance as was necessary during the COVID-related virtual conferences. Instead, you will bring 3 copies of your query letter to the Westin on November 5, 2021 so the agent(s) and/or editors(s) can review it before your meeting with that pair of individuals (the third copy is for you to take notes).

If you’ve alerted me in advance that you can’t travel and need the agent/editor(s) to call you, be sure to send me your query letter file for them by November 1, 2021 so I can provide it to them prior to their call to you. This will be a strictly verbal exchange–you won’t received any comments from them in writing. If you are also registered for the Saturday pitch(es), you can send me a replacement query letter(s) by 11:59 pm on November 5 for your pitch call(s) the next day.

In either case, the agent/editor(s) will read your query letter ahead of their meeting/call with you so they can provide you with suggestions for improving it for Saturday pitch meetings and/or future use. The panel of two editors/agents to whom you will be randomly assigned for the query letter critique will not include any editor/agent you’re pitching or receiving a critique from on Saturday, if you also registered for either of those activities. You will be informed of the query letter critique panel assigned to you and the scheduled meeting time with them about two weeks before the conference.

FORMATTING:

– Address the letter to any editor/agent with whom you’re seeking representation (no need to address those giving you the critique)

– Use single spacing

– Put 1-inch margins on the top and bottom and both sides

– Use Times New Roman or Courier New font

– Use 12-pt. font

For tips on writing a query letter, here are a few starting points:

For fiction and nonfiction:

https://nybookeditors.com/2015/12/how-to-write-a-darn-good-query-letter/

http://www.agentquery.com/writer_hq.aspx

For nonfiction:

http://writenonfictionnow.com/how-to-write-a-query-letter-for-a-nonfiction-book/

If you registered for the Friday workshop, Friday editor Q&A panel and/or Saturday agent Q&A panel:

Be sure to bring questions so you get the most out of your participation!

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