Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Cost of Printing a Manuscript

I did a ton of messing with the format of this blog. It's getting there. I've even added some nice pix which blogger then went and scrunched. I'm learning. I'm hoping to link to some like-minded blogs so we can create a community of aspiring writers-to-be.

Anyways, it looks like it's going to cost 7-10 cents/page to print my manuscript. At 650 pages, that comes to a whopping $45-65 per manuscript. Maybe I can print it at work. ;) No one would notice if I printed a chapter a day...for 3 months. :,(

Anyways all this bloggering hasn't left me any time to work on the damn novel. I need to rewrite the ending...I think I rushed it ('cause I was so dang excited) and I left out a few important pieces. Like how the world was saved etc etc....whatever. Let the reader figure out how it all worked out. I mean the set up is all there, shouldn't the ending be obvious??


  1. Addictive, isn't it, all this blog stuff.

    I don't see anything wrong with letting readers work things out for themselves, as long they have all the information. Too many authors - present company excepted - (and by extension their publishers) don't give their readers any credit for intelligence.

    Big printing job ahead of you. I don't think people appreciate how much time and money a writer puts into a project without any guarantee of a return. If you are going to send out submissions, would it be better to print up several copies of the first three chapters?

  2. I actually do end the story before everyone is saved...let the reader imagine what happens next...and then cut to four months later in the epilog and say "BTW their plan worked" :)

    I hadn't considered just sending a few chapters...that's a good idea.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looks like yours is off to a good start.
    Graeme is right about only printing the first three chapters - usually agents just want a covering letter, synopsis, and the first three chapters, so that should save you on printing costs! Good luck.


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