Writing for Boroughs - Suggestions
Writing styles differ widely, creating myriad opportunities for the reader to enjoy the journeys heroes and heroines take to their happily-ever-afters. At Boroughs, our authors come from many walks of life, and their own paths to Romance are as varied as the genres in which they write. One thing they all have in common? Those wonderful books they published all started as manuscripts offered for consideration, and each had a compelling story that was well written and properly formatted when submitted.
What makes a manuscript stand out of the submission crowd? Maybe the best answer is to start by saying what kills an author’s chance of being considered:
In our submission guidelines we say, “Your submission must be double spaced, Times New Roman 12 point, with one-inch borders, submitted in MS Word with the book title and your name in the header flush right.”
What we don’t say is presumed, since many of those who submit are already published authors or members of Romance Writers of America (RWA) or other writer organizations that provide writing classes and guidance, but here it is: Within the constraints of double-spacing, you should be doing your best to make your submission look like a real book, with hard returns between dialogue and tabbed paragraphs.
For authors who aren’t members of a writer organization or a critique group, we suggest the following for all you need to know: The Chicago Manual of Style and Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style. Authors have relied upon these pillars of writing style for many years, and most publishing houses follow the principles these manuals set forth. We’re no different.
Remember, adhering to style guidelines gives an author the advantage of having our editorial staff read your story without distraction. We encourage you to send us your best, most polished work, because what we really want is the opportunity to say yes! to your brilliant book.