So, how do we know when a piece is ready? Potential is there if:
- We’ve slaved over the manuscript for more than a mere three drafts.
- We’ve line edited and copy edited and gone slightly insane through the yearning for perfection.
- We’ve had the manuscript critiqued by fellow writers who know more than a smattering about the industry.
- We’ve considered the opinions of beta readers. Note: at least one of your readers should reflect the market you’ve aimed your novel toward. For example, if you write for young adults, then you should get a young adult to read it.
- And, if we have the money, then our manuscript has a greater chance of reaching its full potential if we pay for a professional edit.
Do you have trouble letting go? Are there any stages you’re tempted to leave out?
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