I have one resource to recommend today, and this is one I think every author should have on his or her bookshelf. The book is Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne and Dave King. This is an excellent book to give you an idea of what things to look out for before submitting your manuscript to a professional editor or even a publisher, and the more familiar you are with its principles, the less you will break those principles as you write. Now, I have to say that I don’t necessarily agree with this book 100% because it does not fully reflect my own preferences when it comes to reading, but the guidelines the authors present are the guidelines that publishing houses are currently expecting. You can take or leave their advice as you will, but your story will likely have to be of … Keep reading!
So you’ve finished your manuscript? Congratulations! But now what? It’s perfect, right? Unfortunately, unless you are some sort of prodigy the world has never seen before, taking your story from start to finish is not the end of the process. Now your story needs to be edited. If you have a contract with a publisher, this is a service they will probably provide. However, if you are self-publishing, you will need to find an editor on your own. (If you would like to contact me about editing your manuscript, you can find more information about my services here. I am newer to the world of editing, so my fees are low, but I will still do the best job possible.) No matter which route you take, I cannot stress enough the importance of an editor. Having a fresh pair of eyes examine your writing will catch mistakes you probably have glossed … Keep reading!