Every writer (aspiring or otherwise) knows that there's a specific 'rules' set that goes with publishing. You use 12 point font. Your query letter should be no more than 250 words. Your synopsis should be short (unless it should be long...). Double-space. No adverbs. No fragments. Correct grammar. Be polite in queries. Contact info in the header. Make sure your query uses your 'voice'. Make sure that your synopsis is in present tense.
But I was chatting with a buddy of mine and she pointed out that she uses SMF (standard manuscript format) and I had no idea what that was. I've been doing it wrong the entire time. Oops!
So yeah, I'm the one that's doing it all wrong. But it didn't hurt me THAT much to bend one of the 'Holy Rules of Publishing' - I still got an agent (a fabulous one!) and a publishing contract.
So now I'm curious to hear from the group. What rule of publishing did you bend (or conveniently forget) with positive results?
- Jill Myles
PS - I'm not saying abandon ALL the rules of course. But I'm curious which ones we stress over needlessly. :)