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What Is a Manuscript?

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Definition: A manuscript is essentially the earliest draft of a book; it's the unpublished version of a book submitted to agents and editors for publication consideration.

In book publishing, agents and editors will often refer to books in "manuscript form," noting that the book is in the earliest stages of preparation. A book in manuscript form will be edited and, often rewritten, before it's sent along to the production side where it's prepped to be printed as an actual book.

Examples:
The author submitted his manuscript to a number of literary agents hoping one of the agents would offer to represent him.
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