Is Your Manuscript Ready for Publication? Here’s How to Tell.
Knowing when your story is finished is easy. There’s a sense of resolution, a feeling of satisfaction. The completion is almost magical. It is, at times, even spiritual. Knowing when it’s time to publish your book, however, is often an entirely different matter.
Preparing a manuscript for publication overwhelms most writers. They don’t know what steps to take, or what errors to look for and correct. With that thought in mind, we’ve put together a short list of signs that, taken together, usually mean your story is ready to be shared with the world.
Signs Your Manuscript is Publication Ready
- Several different people (preferably not related to you), or a professional editor, have read your story and provided honest feedback on the actual content (i.e. storyline).
- You have reviewed and revised your story with your readers’ or editor’s content comments in mind, and resubmitted the manuscript to your readers (or editor) for a final review.
- Many different people (or a professional editor) have proofread your revised manuscript.
- You have reread your printed manuscript at least 10 times and corrected all errors.
- Your manuscript is formatted according to your publisher’s specifications.
- Your manuscript’s word count falls within guidelines.
- You believe your manuscript is the best it can possibly be.
This information provided by Absolute Love Publishing.