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heyyou229
04-15-2009, 09:47 PM
This is weird. I just learned that you're not suppose to staple your manuscript together. BUT how then do you send the manuscript? Do you just stack the loose papers on top of each other and squeeze them in an envelope? But if you do this, wouldn't all the papers go scattering about when the agent opens the envelope? And suppose they lose pages!

ChaosTitan
04-15-2009, 09:48 PM
Paper clip. Or, if it's a very thick stack of paper, just rubber band it. You can buy really big rubber bands at Staples.

stormie
04-15-2009, 09:50 PM
Yep. What Chaos said.

heyyou229
04-15-2009, 09:53 PM
oh oh! rubber band sounds good. that makes sense. thanks!

dpaterso
04-15-2009, 09:59 PM
You must be using a hell of a big stapler! One wrong move and KATHUNK! your thumb is permanently attached to your desk.

-Derek

heyyou229
04-15-2009, 10:00 PM
also does this also apply to short stories that are less than 3 pages? can you staple those?

heyyou229
04-15-2009, 10:01 PM
dpaterso: LOL

dpaterso
04-15-2009, 10:02 PM
also does this also apply to short stories that are less than 3 pages? can you staple those?
Paper clips! But watch out, 92% of all office accidents involve paper clips.

-Derek

heyyou229
04-15-2009, 10:04 PM
lol! thanks! and I never thought of that, I guess a 300 page pile would be to big for a stapler.

stormie
04-15-2009, 10:46 PM
As for three pages, heyyou (like that user name!), don't bother with even a paper clip. Just tuck the flap of the SASE over the top of the ms., and you mail it in a large 8 x11 envelope. The SASE holds the pages together. (Make sure it's a self-sealing SASE with the paper seal still on. You don't want the glue from the flap of the SASE sticking to the query.) Or tuck the SASE around the folded-in-thirds query and 3 pp. and stuff it into a #10 business envelope.

Am I making sense??!! Probably not. ;)

Stijn Hommes
04-16-2009, 01:03 AM
You can buy really big rubber bands at Staples. Am I the only one to see the irony in this?

stormie
04-16-2009, 01:10 AM
:ROFL: Just now I did.

Jersey Chick
04-16-2009, 01:12 AM
I've used binder clips as well.

And yes, I do see the irony. :D

ChaosTitan
04-16-2009, 06:55 PM
:ROFL: Is glad someone finally saw it....


Submission supplies are readily available at Staples, but never use staples on a submission.

;)

maestrowork
04-16-2009, 06:59 PM
Paper clip for short mss. For novels, rubber bands, then put it in a document box.

Do NOT staple.

stormie
04-16-2009, 07:06 PM
It's cheaper though, and easier for the agent or editor to open if you use one of those large manuscript envelopes that have expandable bottoms and are self-sealing, instead of a box. They can even hold entire manuscripts. And you rubber band the ms. or use a very large binder clip.

Bufty
04-16-2009, 07:11 PM
If the manuscript is dropped, hopefully you numbered your pages 1 of 275, 2 of 275, 3 of 275 etc..

nevada
04-16-2009, 08:40 PM
If the manuscript is dropped, hopefully you numbered your pages 1 of 275, 2 of 275, 3 of 275 etc..

with your last name and partial title at the top right of every page. like this

nevada/Komodo/2, nevada/Komodo/3 etc. Except for title page (not necessary for short story) which is not numbered or counted as part of the numbering. Title page is just pretty.