Why do I get rejected so much?

No, I’m not asking you. That’s a question I hear a lot, asked mostly to pros at science fiction conventions. And the response I hear most often (and say most often when asked) is did you use standard manuscript format? It’s a very important question, and one that is easily answered. Agents and editors demand it because it makes all manuscripts easy to read and navigate. And I have heard that if your manuscript isn’t in standard format, they chuck it in the garbage unread. There are quite a few websites that talk about it, such as: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mslee/format.html

http://www.sfwa.org/writing/vonda/vonda.htm

http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

You can get many more if you google standard manucript format. Seriously, submit a manuscript any other way and it might as well be written in crayon.

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