• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:


    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!

     

     

Fallon Friday: Jennifer guest-blogs on formatting a manuscript for submission

I am currently putting the final touches on The Chaos Crystal, getting it ready to send into HarperCollins tomorrow and to Tor (my US Publishers). This set me to thinking about a question I get asked at every single workshop I run, (and I’m often emailed the same question) regarding the correct way to format a MS for submission.

 

Nothing gives you away faster as a rank amateur than a poorly presented manuscript. Here then, are some tips and hints that might help:

 

All MS’s should be:

  • on white paper in A4 (in Australia and rest of the world. Letter size in the US, ’cause they like to be different)
  • It should include a cover sheet with your name and contact details. If you have an agent, then it should have your agent’s name and contact details.
  • All MS’s should be in Times New Roman or Courier New 12 point font
  • They MUST be double-spaced, with at least a 3 cm margin all the way around
  • The work should include a header or footer with the page number, the author’s name and the title of the work on every page.(Try to imagine someone knocking three MSs off their desk and then trying to re-compile them if they don’t know which MS is which…)
  • Do not bind the MS, or justify it. You don’t need to show how good it will look as a book. The publisher or agent will know that – these people do this for a living.
  • Check your spelling and grammar! If you’re not confident, get the MS read by someone (the older the better – and by that I mean someone who is old enough to remember when being taught English in school meant grammar lessons, not creative writing), who has a good grasp of grammar.
  • As far as possible, the MS should be error (and typo) free.
  • Unless you’re submitting an illustrated book, get rid of the artwork and the lovely font you’ve used for the chapter headings. These are decisions made by the editor and the art department (if you’re lucky – in consultation with you). They distract from the story, which is all an editor is interested in.
  • And finally, do not put “Copyright © U.R.A. Lusar 1988” on every single page or on the cover page. You are protected in Australia by common law copyright and in my experience, professional editors and agents find it quite offensive to suggest that you think they don’t know you own the work, or would attempt to steal it. Besides, do you really want them to know you’ve been flogging this story unsuccessfully for 20 years.

 

 

 

Jennifer Fallon

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