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The Delayed Subject with There

by Maeve Maddox
From Daily Writing Tips

In conversation we’d probably find ourselves tongue-tied if we couldn’t begin sentences with the grammatical subject there:
There are only three eggs left in the refrigerator.
There’s a lot of traffic on the freeway this morning.
In each example there begins the sentence, but the true subjects– eggs and a lot of traffic –are delayed until after the verb.

There is nothing grammatically wrong with this construction. Did you notice that I just wrote a sentence beginning with “There is”? Simply placing the true subject first would create Yoda-speak:
Nothing grammatically wrong with this construction is.
Rewriting an expletive sentence (the kind that begins with a subject place-holder like “There”) requires a little more effort than simple reversal. That’s probably why we let so many of them creep into our first drafts.

Compare the following:
There is research that shows that phonics is the most important component of beginning reading.
Research shows that phonics is the most important component of beginning reading.
Not only is the delayed subject pattern wordy, but it can also lead to a lack of subject-verb agreement. Here are some examples from websites offering professional services:
There’s good reasons EmCare is the industry leader
There’s areas of freezing drizzle/mist out there this afternoon.
There’s schooling costs, there’s health costs and they’ll continue to be provided out of the centres for those who are being temporarily resettled…(This was a government minister.)
Informal conversation is one thing, but writing for a professional purpose is something else again. If the “There is” opener is the preferred stylistic choice, then the delayed subject should agree with the verb that precedes it:

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Writing the Cover Letter

Submitting your work for publication is not that different from applying for a job. You want to put your best, most professional foot forward. However, the important thing in submissions is the writing itself. While you want to strike the right tone as you introduce yourself and your work, cover letters shouldn’t eat up too much time. How do you do it?.

Format the Letter Correctly
Save your creativity for the body of the letter , or better yet, for your writing. Stick with the standard business letter format. Everything is flush left, with one line between paragraphs. Unless you have letterhead, which is not necessary, type your address followed by the date. Space down a line and list the name, title, and address of the person you’re writing. It is important to address your letter to the CORRECT person—always a person, not “Dear Editor”. That smacks of a generic letter, in other words, “you haven’t done your homework”; therefore, the editor will not spend his/her time reading your work.
And as with anything you submit, use standard white copy paper; type, don’t hand-write; and absolutely no illustrations.

Keep It Short
As with a job application cover, letters should not exceed one page. In your first paragraph, explain what you are sending. This can be as straightforward as: “Enclosed please find the first three chapters of my novel, ‘The Choice is Yours’ about a game show contestant with a lifelong disability.” If you have a genuine reason for submitting to this publisher, share it, but only if you can do so while sounding sincere.

Other First-Paragraph Info
If the journal prefers to be informed ahead of time about simultaneous submissions, address that issue briefly by saying something like, “I have submitted this to two other publishers and will let you know immediately if any are accepted elsewhere.” And if you’ve been invited to re-submit, definitely remind the editor that he or she has seen your work before.

Second Paragraph: A Short Bio
Briefly introduce yourself to the editor. If you studied writing or have published before, state it here. If you haven’t, that’s fine, too. You just want to provide a context for what they’re about to read.

Close Your Letter Politely
Thank the editor for reading your work, and close with the standard “Sincerely,” or “Best regards.” Leave four lines for your signature and then type your full name. For mailing, use a business-sized envelope. If your printer can handle envelopes, type the address, but it’s also fine to address the envelope by hand. Again, use the editor’s name here, either above the journal name or below the address. If you put it below, write, “Attn: [Insert Editor’s Name].”

Include an SASE, maybe
Finally, be sure to include an SASE if the publisher requests that you do so. Much now is accomplished by email. However, if the publisher requests paper copies, you may need to submit an SASE for a publisher response. (It’s perfectly acceptable to fold the SASE in three so that it will fit easily.) To save postage, you might also request that they not return your story to you, writing in a postscript: “Please recycle this story rather than returning it to me.”

Remember
The writing is the important thing. You can have the best cover letter ever, but it won’t get you anywhere without a great story to go with it.

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Crowdfunding, for books only

Laura Explores Pubslush, the New Authors-Only Crowdfunding Platform (via http://writeforkids.org)

  Find out about our new partnership with Pubslush, an impressive platform that allows authors to raise money to create, produce and promote their work.   Children's Book Insider Publisher Laura Backes takes you on a site wallkthrough, and then sits…

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Saguaro Books, LLC

Saguaro Books, LLCis a startup publishing company specializing in middle grade and young adult fiction by first time authors.Only work by first time (previously unpublished) authors will be considered for publication. We are a print-on-demand publisher. We are not a vanity press. We adhere to strict editorial and publishing standards. We utilize the newest publishing technology available

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What is Saguaro Books?

Saguaro Books, LLC is a startup publishing company specializing in middle grade and young adult fiction by first time authors. The office of Saguaro Books, LLC is located at 16201 E. Keymar Dr., Fountain Hills, Arizona, 85268. It is dedicated to making reading fun.

Saguaro Books, LLC publishes middle grade and young adult fiction written by first time authors. Only work by first time authors will be considered for publication, with one exception. Subsequent editions of a formerly published work will be considered if the first edition is no longer available and if the publisher of the first edition is no longer in business. The author must be able to show that he/she has all rights to publish further editions of the title. This exception will be considered on a case by case basis, no precedent will be set.

We are a print-on-demand publisher. We are not a vanity press. We adhere to strict editorial and publishing standards. We utilize the newest publishing technology available.
Mary J. Nickum is the Editor-in-Chief of Saguaro Books, LLC. Ms. Nickum earned a B.A. degree in English Education at Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin, a Masters in Librarianship at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies from Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. She is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Association of Independent Authors (AIA) and Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA).See more about the Editor-in-Chief at http://www.marynickum.com.

Contact us at:
16201 E. Keymar Dr.
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
602-309-7670; Fax 480-284-4855
mjnickum@saguarobooks.com

Please note:
No agents, please. We prefer to work directly with authors.

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