Submission Guidelines

If you registered for one or more manuscript critiques:

You will submit the following no later than April 5, 2021 via e-mail to 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 we forward them to the agents/editors.

The agent(s) and/or acquisitions editor(s) will go over their comments and suggestions with you on November 7, 2020 in a scheduled, one-on-one meeting(s).


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.


If you registered for one or more pitches:

You will submit your query letter(s) as a Word file(s) to Conference Director George Weinstein at awconference@gmail.com by May 3, 2021 so the agent(s) and/or editors(s) can review it before your call with that individual. This file can be a placeholder if you have also registered for a Friday query letter critique, in which case you can send George your rewritten query letter by May 7 at 11:59 p.m. On the afternoon of Saturday, May 8, 2021 you will receive a call from each editor/agent you chose so you can pitch your work.

If you registered for more than one pitch, please submit separate files with the name of the appropriate agent/editor on each file..


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



If you registered for the query letter critique:

You will submit your query letter as a Word file to Conference Director George Weinstein at awconference@gmail.com by April 26, 2021 so the pair of agent(s) and/or editors(s) can review it in advance. On Friday, May 7, 2021 you will receive separate phone calls from one agent and one editor (or two agents, separately) who will help you improve your query letter. If you registered for one or more Saturday pitches, you will be able to resubmit your pitch query letter with revisions based on your query letter critique calls by 11:59 p.m. on May 7 so these can be sent to the agent(s)/editor(s) you chose for your Saturday pitch(es).


The panel of two editors/agents to whom you will be randomly assigned 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 call time with each of 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


If you registered for the Sunday online workshop doubleheader:

You can submit the following to Conference Director George Weinstein at awconference@gmail.com by April 30, 2021 so Peter Hildick-Smith can review these in advance:

– Proposed book cover (if available) as a JPG/PNG/PDF
– Book title, subtitle (especially for nonfiction), and jacket copy verbiage (up to 200 words), as well as the target book category and audience you are trying to reach (so there is a clearly defined context to assess the message against), in a single MS Word file

On Sunday, May 9, 2021, during Peter’s 1:45-3:45 p.m. workshop, he will do live critiques of as many of these submissions as possible.

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