Conference registration opens on June 5. Since that’s only a couple of days from now, I thought it might be time to answer some questions that have built up since last year.
Before I cover some FAQs I want to make one thing totally clear. If you purchase a standard critique, send ONLY ten (10) pages of the material. You may send an optional one (1) page synopsis. I will not send any more than tweleve (12) pages to the faculty member: cover, synopsis, manuscript. The same goes for extendeds. Send only thirty (30) pages, the cover and the optional synopsis, bringing the total to thirty-two pages. If you send more, I will return the electronic copy to you and you’ll have one chance to delete the extra pages. Beyond that I will destroy the copy and it will not be sent to the faculty member and you will not get a refund. Send ONLY what’s asked for and included in the purchase price.
1.How should I format the hard copies I send to you?
Although some agents and editors have particular instructions for submissions, for the conference, it’s best to stick with standard formatting. All critiques should be in Times New Roman or Courier 12pt font. They should be printed on regular printer paper (20lb., 92 brightness). Make sure all your margins are 1″. For the header, place your name and the working title of your manuscript in the upper left hand corner. In the upper right, insert the page number and the estimated word count (if you know it). Send a title page, for each of the two copies, with the title of the manuscript and your contact information. You may send a one-page synopsis if you’d like–standard format. Bind each copy together with a binder clip, rubber band or paper clip. Now for the DON’T part: no report covers, no staples and please, PLEASE no cardstock weight paper.
2.How about the formatting for the electronic copy?
Save the electronic copy as a .DOC or .RTF. Name the file like this:
For example, if my manuscript was named The Devil and Hotdog Smith, here’s how the file would look once I save it.