Featured article: How to get a book published.

If you are interested in getting published you really need a cast-iron determination. Even the best writers have had to deal with frequent rejections from literary agents and publishers, often over many years. It's a pipe-dream to think you can be published without being rejected. It's part of the course. So grit your teeth and set your eyes firmly on your goal.

If your work looks amauterish, literary agents and publishers will never give it serious consideration. The basic rules of thumb are to make sure you use size 12 Times New Roman font and double-space your manuscript. But there's more to it than that. If you really want to impress a literary agent or a publisher, and you really want to get published, take submissions seriously. At Addison & Cole we can provide a specialist consultant to look over your submission in advance and point out its strengths and weaknesses. This can be extremely valuable. Visit our services and fees for more information.

Before submitting your manuscript to Addison and Cole, please read the following guidelines carefully.

1. We request all our clients to contact us in advance of submission to talk about their project. This enables us to find out more about you, your writing and experiences so far. It also allows us to suggest which of our services would work best for you, review our workload, and give you an idea of how long it might take us to complete.

2. Please note that in the case of private clients (rather than publishers or commercial clients) work will not be commenced on your manuscript until the appropriate payment has been made. Payment can be made by phone, electronic transfer or over the counter; please visit our payment page for details.

3. You can either post your manuscript to us or email it across and pay a few pounds extra for us to print it out on your behalf. Please note that if you would like your manuscript to be returned to you, please provide an appropriate SAE.

4. All documents should be in size 12 Times New Roman font, presented in double spacing, with clearly numbered pages. Please refrain from including graphics or elaborate lettering unless you are submitting an illustrated book. On the front of your manuscript should be your name, contact details and exact word count.

5. We offer a VIP service which guarantees that we will work on your project first and complete it within 10 working days. The fee for this is an additional 50% of the total. Please contact us if you are interested in this option.

6. Before making a submission to us we suggest that you read our terms and conditions and privacy policy.