Monday, June 28, 2010
When it is ready....
Many an aspiring writer hears it all the time that the most important thing to present to an agent or editor is a perfect query letter. It is true but it is not the most important single thing in your arsenal to gain an acceptance. There is an entire package of components that make up a proposal that will shine.
But first and foremost is your manuscript. You want your beginning sentences to hook the reader. You want clear, tight writing, vivid narrative, and strong dialogue. This blog is not going to teach you writing skills. Instead I only want to encourage you to make sure before you send out your proposal with sample chapters that your manuscript is absolutely, undeniably ready.
How do you know when your manuscript it ready? I will let you make some comments in that regard. It will be interesting to see what readers of InSpire have to say. For me personally, it is when I know I have revised all I can and that the storyline flows without pause or interruption, and when all the questions readers would ask have been answered.
What about you?
Posted by Rita Gerlach at 1:54 PM