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Will they return my manuscript?

Hi Bill,

My experience has been that publishers do not (generally) return manuscripts.  If you include a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) with your submission that covers the cost of return postage, publishers are more likely to return your manuscript.  

Some publishers list whether or not they will return a rejected manuscript at their website.  You can look under "submission guidelines" after you get to the publisher's website to see if they return manuscripts if you send a SASE.

All the best!

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I can answer questions on how to get published in magazines and newspapers; how to market your own books; how to earn a living writing; how to write press releases; how to find a good editor; how to edit your own books; finding a good printer; finding a good book illustrator; doing your taxes as a freelance writer. Questions I can't answer include specifics around working with a print on demand publisher


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