The Manuscript

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Keep your goals and target audience at the forefront of your mind, as they will factor heavily into decisions you make about how to proceed with your project/manuscript. Next, answer some other fundamental questions for yourself. One of the most important questions to ask is whether you have the time and inclination to write your story/manuscript yourself.

Have you considered a ghostwriter to write your manuscript?

A ghostwriter can write your book for you. There is a lot of time, effort and expertise that goes into book writing. Get an expert- it’s worth the money. Are you sure the current version of your manuscript is really prepared exactly as you wish to publish it? Will it bother you if others point out errors to you after it is in print and available to the public, or will you be okay with that? How forgiving will your target audience be regarding errors in grammar, spelling, style, punctuation, content, citing references, and such? Is it important that your finished product represents you well as a professional or is consistent with the particular image you wish to convey to others?
Are you open to receiving professional feedback from an experienced book editor as an assessment of the extent to which the current version of your manuscript is likely to achieve the goals you set for it? Would you appreciate suggestions about ways to improve your manuscript further so it will better meet your goals for it and engage the target audience? Are you willing and able to implement some suggested revisions that an editor may offer, even if it will take some additional work on your part to go through the process to produce a better book? Or, are you just ready to be done with this manuscript and not spend any more time on it?

Sometimes authors have already mentally and emotionally moved on from the project and just want to get the current manuscript published. Sometimes authors have health issues that make it hard for them to commit to dealing with editorial input that would lead to an improved manuscript. Sometimes authors don’t believe they have the time or money to invest in improving their manuscripts for publication. Ultimately, these are all factors that can and should influence decisions about what steps to take next with your manuscript. 

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Having worked with many authors, I believe they all have at least one thing in common. Authors want a satisfying outcome in which they can take pride. They want to know that the investment of time, energy, and money has been worth it; the book is well prepared to engage the target audience and achieve the objectives set for the project. Knowing what it will take to achieve that desired level of publishing utopia is something each writer must determine for himself depending on his goals for the writing project and other relevant factors as discussed here.
So, with your manuscript in hand, as you contemplate your next move, I urge you to seek help in finding your best route towards publishing. But do so with your goals and target audience clearly in mind. Know your answers to the other fundamental considerations discussed above. Then, seek counsel from someone who wants to understand your goals and target audience—someone who asks you other basic questions that should factor into determining your next step.
Many authors find an initial Editorial Analysis to be a practical and cost-effective way to obtain a professional book editor’s experienced and objective assessment and get valuable advice based on goals and target audiences.
If you are pondering your next move with your manuscript, I would be happy to consult with you and help you determine the right path toward publishing your book.
Would an Editorial Analysis be helpful to you? Maybe. Let’s find out.
You can reach me at Oh, and be prepared to answer some questions.

Writes manuscripts and artists

All word artists are not born equal. Some people are creative. Very often creative people do not have too much love for commas and full stops. In many cases they simply do not care about them. You do; however, get people who have turned accuracy into a creative skill. The world in which we live has place for both the creators and the perfectors. If you are opening a dictionary right now to see if that is in fact a word, you are probably one of them.

The great writers of this world are the creators. A creator wanders off in a word of his or her own. This is good. It is part of the job description of a creator. Without them, the world would be poorer. In order, however, to make a creation a masterpiece in the literary world, you need the perfectors. A true masterpiece has to be 100% accurate. Not only must every I have its dot and every t its cross, but the language has to be perfect as well.

To ensure this is no easy task and it is the job of the manuscript editor. There are many companies offering these services and writers will be well advised to use their services. The author will get the credit, the praise and the glamour. The manuscript editor however is as much part of the process of creating a masterpiece as the writer.

What does it take to become a really good manuscript editor? First of all, it takes a very sound knowledge of the language. You have to know what is right and what is wrong. Your spelling must be impeccable. Your sentence construction must be honed down to a fine art. A language degree will definitely help. So will a love of reading.

Here is the bad news. That is not enough. You must be born a perfectionist. When you see a spelling mistake you must also see red. If an expression is used in the wrong context, your first instinct must be to rant and rave, scream and shout. To summarize, the perfect manuscript editor is someone who has perfected the art of being a perfectionist.

We have covered the masterpiece. Most books out there are not masterpieces. They are often full of mistakes or less than perfectly written. That is why manuscript editors never work alone. A lot of discussion and rewriting often goes into the process of editing manuscripts. Manuscript editors therefore must also be able to work as a team. The writer is also a part of that team. As a manuscript editor, you will have to communicate with the writer therefore great communication skills are also very important.

While they seem to work in the background, without the manuscript editor that best-seller may not have been on the shelves.

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