“Submit the Best Quality Manuscript You Can, But Submit” by Joan Y. Edwards
I know. You are wondering when is the best time to submit your manuscript. You want to submit this month.
You’ve gone through 7 revisions. Your critique group/partner has critiqued it. You’ve made more revisions. Is your manuscript ready?
If you can say, the following words in all honesty, submit your manuscript:
“This is the best I can do with this manuscript with the knowledge and skills I have right now,”
If not, do what you know needs to be done. Then submit it.
Have you lost your passion for your story?
Have one of your main characters write a letter to you, the author, telling why he wants you to finish the story. Let him tell you what he believes the story needs. The character can ask you questions, too.
Cover these areas in the letter from a character in your manuscript:
1. Story Concept: Logline: Short selling pitch of one or two sentences
2. Short Selling Pitch Summary: 25-60 words
- Ordinary Day
- Inciting incident with new goal to solve a really big problem
- First failure
- Second failure
- Third failure
- What’s it like on the new ordinary day
- Tell what he wants to do, what he wants to happen
- Does he want to add new characters?
- Does he want to take out characters that don’t help or hinder the reaching of the goal.
5. Is the formatting, grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure good?
Now write the character back answering his questions and tell him when you will have the manuscript ready to submit. Do your best to keep your word.
Take a chance on you.
Believe in you.
Submit that manuscript.
If you get your manuscript to the quality/best you can do stage, then you are ready to start Week 1 of Pub Subbers. Do all the Steps for Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3. They take you to getting your manuscript submitted.
Learn more about Pub Subbers: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/pubsubbers/
Has using the Pub Subbers plan helped you?
Please let me know.
Write. Write. Write.
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