One mistake new authors make that YOU should not

As a publisher, I’ve worked on several manuscripts and worked with several authors across 4 continents in the world. Some of the experiences have been pleasant and memorable and some have not been smooth. In all, it has been a learning process.

If you are currently writing a book, have written a book, or would like to write one in the near future, please take this simple advice I’m about to share very seriously.

I recall a particular author reaching out to me a couple of years ago, and when the manuscript was sent in, it was almost unreadable. At that time I usually edited all the books personally (now we have a Professional Editor in the company) so I gave him first-hand feedback for his book.

After spending lots of days and hours working on refining the manuscript, I realized all the pages and all the lines had heavy corrections.

There was “blood” all over (meaning, there were too many red marks). I turned out that I was actually re-writing the book not just editing the book.

It was a headache!

Why was this?

The content was not up to par. The title was inviting, but the content was completely distasteful. Have you ever had a meal so inviting but its taste so awful? That was my experience.I gave him my honest review and told him to rewrite the book.

This is the only time I’ve ever rejected a manuscript out rightly.

How does this post concern you?

What am I really getting at here?

HERE IS THE RULE

As a writer, author, or aspiring author, never send the first draft of your book to your editor. It is not done. It is not advisable and your editor will have a hard time helping to fine-tune your manuscript.

Let me say it again:

NEVER SEND THE FIRST DRAFT OF YOUR BOOK TO YOUR EDITOR!

NEVER SEND THE FIRST DRAFT OF YOUR BOOK TO YOUR EDITOR!

NEVER SEND THE FIRST DRAFT OF YOUR BOOK TO YOUR EDITOR!

When you have poured out all your heart concerning the book you want to write, make sure you give your manuscript a breathing space of 1 week to 1 month. Then you can revisit it again with fresh eyes.

I can assure you that the book will not look the same again.

In fact, those areas you thought were punch lines and powerful may now look so weak and irrelevant to the entire book.

I recommend that you edit and review your own book at least 3 times before you send it to your editor.I’m currently working with an author who is set to release her book.

I just got off the phone with her this evening and she told me she has reviewed it personally over 50 times, her husband has also reviewed. An editor in the US has also worked on the manuscript. Yet, she still sent the book to us and paid again to work on it.

Did I hear you say ‘Perfectionist’?That’s the mindset you must have towards your craft.

How do you think her book will turn out?

EXCELLENT!

LET ME ADD THIS:

If you are the type that thinks an editor is not necessary or you choose to edit alone, I shake my pen for you. You are still far from being taken serious as a writer.

I hope this has added some value to you. (Share your feedback in the comment section)

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