Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Make Sure Your Manuscript is Pristine Before Submitting to Publishers: Editors Tell Us Why

Hello All,
I hope this post finds you well.  Things are wet here in my neck of the woods.  West Virginia has been pounded with rain this month.  After the hard winter we've had, I am soooo ready for the sun to come out.  Since I'm stuck in the house, I decided to dedicate the time to my Work-In-Progress.  As of this morning, I am only three chapters away from finishing the first draft of my novel.

Although I take pride in knowing I achieved the first part of my goal to write a book.  There is still a whole lotta work left to be done.   I don't have to be Columbo to know the publishing industry is competitive and unforgiving.  Sometimes an author only has one chance to get it right.   I ran across an article which only reinforces this theory.   Angela James over at Carina Press ( http://carinapress.com/2010/02/reasons-for-rejection/)   has compiled common errors that editors repeatedly run into during the query process.  Many of them can be prevented.  For this reason, I decided to share her/their findings with you.  For what it is worth, I am thankful for the information and it will remain in the back of my mind during revisions.   I hope the article helps you as well.  Until next time, happy writing.