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    I'm honestly not sure either, which is part of the problem. Another big problem is printing off the whole damn book then mailing it. I guess it's time to invest in a printer, but even then it's not cheap because ink cartriges are around eighty dollars each.

    While Daw's guidelines do say send entire ms, do you think it'd be a good idea to query first to see if they're at all interested in the idea or if my book's too long even for them, so I'll know if it'll just be a waste of money to send the ms?

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    Well, if they say send the whole tamale and do not ask for a query, you may be wasting a stamp. What do the guidelines say exactly? Because of all things an editor friend told me one time, she said, FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES! that is number one.
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    I just double checked and they said send entire ms with cover letter, not query and three chapters. So I guess I could've answered my own question. So here's another, what are the odds of getting their attention enough for them to read it and not toss it in a slush pile if I do just send the whole thing in?

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    After going to their website and reading, I would say your chances of being read in a three month period are as good as anyone else's. You should definitely add that little postcard in there so they can answer to let you know it was received. That will give you a starting time to count down.
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    Okay, thanks. I'm going to try after I go through and revise again. There's no way I'm printing out all of that unless I'm positive it's perfect.

    I missed the workshop on Monday. Could you tell me the highlights covered?
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    I am pretty much covering the hilites of it tomorrow at this place :
    http://murderby4.blogspot.com if you wanna surf over there.
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    Thanks. Do I just read it anytime after tomorrow, or is it another discussion type thing where you have to be there at the right time?
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    Oh no it is a blog so just whenever the mood strikes ya
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    Thanks, I just looked the website. I like the colored cards thing to get new ideas, but do you have any suggestions for when you sit down at the computer to work on an existing story and you know where you want it to go but you just can't get the words to come?

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