2 Stroll through the bookstore. Inhale that new book smell. Feast your eyes on the colorful buffet of tomes waiting to be read by hungry eyes. Listen to the rustle of pages as browsers leaf through manuals and novels, searching for information or adventure. Imagine the authors counting their cash. How did they do it? By following some basic rules and adding a little flair. Let's travel down the road to publication and see where it takes us.
3 Someone dreams of being a published author, of touring the country doing book-signings and radio interviews, of appearing on Live with Regis and Kelly or Oprah, and of becoming rich and famous. That's a nice dream, but it will never become more than that if that person doesn't first write the book!
4 If the literary world has never heard of an author, it wants proof that he or she has writing talent. That proof could be a resumé of work that has been published in newspapers, magazines, and/or e-zines. For those just starting out, the list may be small to nonexistent. Better still would be the summary and outline of a completed manuscript–the unpublished story that the author wants to sell.
5 The format of the manuscript, the summary, the outline, and any letters written must follow certain guidelines. By sticking to some fairly standard matters of physical format, the author increases his or her chances of making a favorable impression. Guidelines that authors are expected to know and follow are as follows: