Writers' Club

How to Make Your Manuscript Stand Out from Other Submissions

The world of traditional publishing is hugely competitive, with agents receiving countless numbers of manuscripts from aspiring authors every single day. This means that your manuscript really needs to stand out just to be seen.

To give yourself, and your book, the best possible chance of publication then, you must first:

If you do not take the time to do both of these things, it is highly likely that your manuscript will be rejected without a second thought. Agents are very busy and they have a high volume of submissions to get through - they simply do not have the time to read scripts that do not comply with their stated criteria.

Even if the guidelines are adhered to, however, that is only half the battle. Once you are sure you can get your manuscript seen, you need to be just as sure that it will grab the agent’s attention. The three most important things then are:

  1. Plot and Execution
  2. Proofreading
  3. Pitching