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Subject: submitting manuscripts
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: dave99-ga
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Posted: 04 Oct 2002 12:41 PDT
Expires: 03 Nov 2002 11:41 PST
Question ID: 72556
how do i submit a non-fiction manuscript to Harpers magazine?
Subject: Re: submitting manuscripts
Answered By: grimace-ga on 04 Oct 2002 12:51 PDT

You will first need to send a brief outline or synopsis of your piece
to the magazine. If they are interested, you will then be able to
submit your manuscript. From my own experience, a reply is far more
likely if you include a stamped, addressed envelope with your outline.

This is from the Harper's website:

"Harper's Magazine will neither consider nor return unsolicited
nonfiction manuscripts that have not been preceded by a written
query... All submissions and written queries must be sent by mail to:

Harper's Magazine 
666 Broadway, 11th Floor 
New York, NY 10012 "

Harper's: Submissions Guidelines

Harper's - in common with many magazines of the 'old school' - doesn't
welcome submissions or queries about submissions by email.

Harper's: Contact Us

Good luck in your quest for publication!

Subject: Re: submitting manuscripts
From: kriswrite-ga on 25 Oct 2002 15:23 PDT
Hi dave99~

I'm the author of a dozen books, and have written scores of magazine
articles. With that experience under my belt, let me suggest that the
worst thing you can do is submit your completed manuscript. This will
immediately tell the editors you are an amateur, and it's unlikely
they will ever read your article.

Instead, the first thing you need to do is write a fantastic query
letter, since *everybody* and his brother is trying to get published
in Harper's and similar famous magazines. A good book on the subject
is "How To Write Irresistible Query Letters" by Lisa Cool. It would
also be wise to get some articles on a similar subject published by
other, less well known magazines. Include these as "clips" along with
your query letter, proving that you're a good writer and have
experience writing on the subject.

There are tons of books available on how to submit and write articles.
Any by Writer's Digest Books that have been published in the last 8 to
10 years will suffice. Writing is a very competitive field. You really
have to do your market research in order to succeed! Good luck!


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