Ever wondered what a 520-page manuscript looks like in hardcopy?
Our laser printer went kaputt this morning, just as I was trying to print out the manuscript. I had to drive into town and pay the folks at Staples $40 for the job. Eight cents a page isn’t much, but it adds up.
Hooray for electronic submissions, I say. Between the print job and the shipping, I’ll be out fifty bucks for one single, solitary submission. Via email, it costs pennies. (In all fairness, you don’t usually send out the full manuscript. Most publishers request one to three sample chapters with a query, not the whole thing. If they like what they see, they’ll ask for the rest.)