Writing and Querying

When is my book ready to submit?

This is some really great advice on trying to determine when your manuscript is ready to begin the query process. Though I didn’t follow this advice (didn’t have it at the time), I have to agree that it’s very sage advice and I believe I will follow it closely for my next manuscript

Huge thanks to the author of this article (www.editingandgeekery.wordpress.com) for allowing the reblog. It’s important information that I think anyone attempting to write a first novel should consider!

editingandgeekery

When I talk to aspiring writers who have never published a novel, I often hear, “how do I know when my book is done?”

The true answer is that to an extent, a book is never “done.” Sometimes I look at a published book and think, “we should have done this one last thing to it.” Or a writer looks at a published book and thinks, “I could have written this scene better.”

But there is a point where a writer has done the work to the best of their ability, when there’s nothing left to do but pick nits. The manuscript is finished. What next?

The first thing I recommend is that you set the manuscript aside for at least a couple of months. If you can’t resist looking/picking at it, copy it to an external drive and delete it from your computer, to reduce temptation. Then, write something…

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