The Manuscript

Manuscript Resources

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

Have you considered a ghostwriter to write your manuscript?

A ghostwriter can write your book for you. A lot of time, effort and expertise goes into book writing. Get an expert- it’s worth the money. Are you sure your manuscript’s current version is 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 grammar, spelling, style, punctuation, content, citing references, and such errors? Is it essential 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 to assess the extent to which your manuscript’s current version is likely to achieve the goals you set for it? Would you appreciate suggestions about improving your manuscript further to meet your goals for it better 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 ready to finish this manuscript and not spend more time on it?

Sometimes authors have already mentally and emotionally moved on from the project and want to get the current manuscript published. Sometimes, authors have health issues that make it hard to commit to dealing with editorial input, leading to an improved manuscript. Sometimes authors don’t believe they have the time or money to improve their manuscripts for publication. Ultimately, these factors 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 and the book is well-prepared to engage the target audience and achieve the project’s objectives. Knowing what it will take to achieve that desired level of publishing utopia is something each writer must determine for himself, depending on his writing project goals 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 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 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 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 jules@selfpublisher.net.au. 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 do not care about them. You do, however, get people who have turned accuracy into a creative skill. Our world has a 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 their 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 create 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 must also be perfect.

Ensuring this is no easy task; it is the job of the manuscript editor. Many companies offer these services, and writers are advised to use them. The author will get the credit, the praise and the glamour. However, the manuscript editor is as much part of creating a masterpiece as the writer.

What does it take to become an excellent 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. You must hone your sentence construction to fine art. A language degree will help. So I will love reading.

Here is the bad news. That is not enough. It would be best if you were 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 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 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 must communicate with the writer; therefore, excellent communication skills are also essential.

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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