Tips from Josephine Templeton
1. Manuscript – cleanest version as possible! Which means:
a. It’s NOT your first draft
b. Run your program’s:
i. Spell check
ii. Grammar check
i. Once I’m done with my first draft, I go through an End of Story checklist of things I know I need to watch for:
1. Check for POV per paragraph
2. Clean up chapter headings and make consistent
3. Frequent words
d. If possible, have a critique partner review
e. If possible, have a Beta reader go through
i. According to Wikipedia, a Beta Reader is:
1. a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. Beta reading is typically done before the story is released for public consumption. Beta readers are not explicitly proofreaders or editors but can serve in that context.
2. Elements highlighted by beta readers encompass things such as plot holes, problems with continuity, haracterization or believability; in fiction and non-fiction, the beta might also assist the author with fact-checking.
2. Time to Hit the Internet – searching for the perfect publisher
a. Mine are:
i. Crescent Moon Press – (Scorned) www.crescentmoonpress.com
ii. Whiskey Creek Press – (Convicted of Love & A Pirate’s Kiss) www.whiskeycreekpress.com
iii. Wings ePress (Forever Yours) www.wingsepress.com
b. Your search – Each publisher has different guidelines. FOLLOW THEM TO THE “T”.
i. Genre – from romance to horror
ii. Word Count
3. Develop a skin as thick as a dragon’s!
a. Remember that while your manuscript is being “judged”, you as a person are not!
My Favorite Books on Writing:
1. The Successful Novelist by David Morrell
2. The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass
3. 45 Master Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
4. Writers Guide to Character Traits by Linda N. Edelstein, Ph.D.
5. Dialogue by Gloria Kempton
6. Getting Started as a Freelance Writer by Robert W. Bly
Enjoy the journey!