Fresh. Marketable and Memorable. That’s what!
So You Have a First Draft, where to now?
Once you have a great story line, a powerful beginning, a middle that doesn’t sag and a brilliant ending, Gussin said, it’s time to tackle the 5 Reread Program—in which you reread your manuscript five separate times.
Tick. OK, you’ve read your manuscript 5 times and you believe it to be; fresh, marketable and memorable, you are ready to publish. So, you think.
How do you get the editors attention?
An editor is a person who enjoys bringing new writing to the world in a publication that will be memorable, read, treasured, and talked about.
This editor is committed to the publisher, to it reaching a readership, to its survival in the publishing world.
The editor wants nothing more than to read something so fresh, marketable and polished there is no question it must be published.
The editor reads until unable to process any more, takes a break, and starts again, not wanting to say no as fast as possible in order to shrink the pile of manuscripts awaiting review. The editor knows that because some negative thoughts may arise, it is possible to miss a bestseller and make a mistake.
Yes, the editor is a gate-keeper.
Keep these things in mind.
If someone asked you what your book was all about, could you pitch it to them in two sentences or less? Could you convey something in a matter of seconds? If so, editors and publishers will be more likely to read on after reviewing your synopsis, chapter outline and blurb on your book. Also, if your pitch is descriptive, they will assume your writing is equally as good.
Ask yourself, does your book read like a finished work of art? Are there any flaws (grammar, syntax, character development, continuity, etc.)? The less work an editor has to do, the more they’ll like you. So your job is to help the editor by sending work that is developed, complete, thoroughly revised, and—of great importance—appropriate for the publisher.
Always, have your book edited by a professional to give it the best chance to be taken seriously by the acquisitions editor. After all, you want to help them as much as you can.
The editor’s deepest wish. Please, send something perfect for us.
Before submitting, read over your work and ask yourself what the heart of the story is. What does the story say about real life? Will your work speak to other people, even if those people have no idea who wrote it or why?
These questions are difficult, but aren’t they also the joy of writing? They push us to make our writing perfect, before we hit the submit button.
If you have a first draft and you would like an editor to review your manuscript and provide the best possible feedback, focusing on story and plot structure, voice, character development, clarity, consistency, and any other weaknesses that are specific to your prose.
Email here: firstname.lastname@example.org
You’ll receive an Editorial Report which opens with a response to your manuscript, then gets progressively more detailed. The report provides a list of specific advice to certain sections and/or pages.
We may offer suggestions to:
Examine the narrative voice
Remove sections that aren’t vital to the story
Strengthen characters that feel underdeveloped
Address repetitive weaknesses in the prose
Refocus the intentions of the book
Advise on any issues with the pacing
You may choose to follow-up with your editor if you need additional advice. You can then move into the actual line by line edit and begin preparing your manuscript for production and publication.